Monday, February 27, 2012

In Washington, Nanny’s attorney asks for trial delay in baby’s death | Shaken Baby Syndrome

Kelli Anne Jacobsen, is reportedly charged with first-degree manslaughter. The charges include aggravating circumstances that the victim was particularly vulnerable and incapable of resistance, and that his death had a destructive and foreseeable impact on others.
Jacobsen was reportedly the nanny for Ryder Morrison, who died June 22. She is accused of reportedly causing a fatal head injury to the boy while watching him at his Richland home. Ryder’s death came a day after his first birthday.
Tawney Johnson, the boy’s mother, had reportedly stopped home for lunch and was back at work by noon.
Jacobsen reportedly called 911 at 12:14 p.m. saying the boy had just fallen down and his eyes were rolling back in his head. She told Richland Fire Department medics that Ryder was standing on a toy that was 6 inches high and fell and hit his head, according to court documents.
The lawyer for a woman reportedly charged in the death of a 1-year-old Richland boy asked to delay the trial seven months while he consults with a “shaken baby” expert.
Scott Johnson told a judge Wednesday that his client, Kelli Anne Jacobsen, deserves a fair trial and that includes allowing him time to investigate the allegations and prepare his defense.
Johnson said he was able to find an expert in the field of shaken baby syndrome with help from a University of Wisconsin professor, but the man does not have time to review the case until the end of this month or early April. And then, the expert won’t be available to testify until October because of a backlog of other trials, he said.
“Given the complexity of this case, I think it’s justified,” Johnson said of his request for a lengthy delay.
Judge Vic VanderSchoor said he has confidence in Johnson’s efforts to keep the case moving along, but told him to speak with his expert and see if they can work out an earlier date.
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