NEWTON — A judge Monday declined to lower the bond for the mother of a 19-month-old North Newton boy who authorities say died from severe child abuse.
As a result, Katheryn Nycole Dale, 21, will remain in jail on a $50,000 bond.
She faces charges of felony child abuse, aggravated child endangerment and two counts of aggravated battery over injuries to her son, Vincent Hill. On March 27, the toddler was pronounced dead at a Newton hospital, minutes after he arrived by ambulance with extensive injuries.
Dale's boyfriend, Chad Carr, 26, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, aggravated battery and child abuse in Vincent's death. Carr remains in jail on a bond of $375,000.
In a brief hearing Monday, Dale's attorney, Gregory Barker, asked District Judge Joe Dickinson to set an "OR," or own-recognizance, bond for her. It would have allowed Dale to be released from jail. Barker said Dale has already been in jail for a "lengthy time."
Harvey County Attorney David Yoder argued against a lower bond, saying Dale faces "very serious charges concerning injuring this child."
In ruling that Dale's bond would remain at
$50,000 for now, Dickinson noted that she is scheduled to appear in court again for a July 29 hearing.
At Carr's preliminary hearing earlier this month, a deputy coroner testified that an autopsy and follow-up investigation showed that Vincent died from a brain injury caused by a lack of oxygen, most likely from suffocation. The brain injury was associated with multiple blunt-force injuries over Vincent's body, the official said.
According to one of the charges against the boy's mother, she was responsible for injuries described this way in a court document: "stabbed with a fork and cut mouth, bruises to chin, struck across face."
Three of the four charges against her involve injuries Vincent suffered on March 25. A fourth charge accuses her of allowing her son to be in a dangerous situation on March 27, the day Vincent came to the hospital with fatal injuries.
According to testimony at Carr's preliminary hearing, Dale was away from home that day to attend a baby shower in Wichita.