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Hearing postponed in boy's death

Staff writer

Katheryn Nycole Dale’s preliminary hearing in the death of her son, Vincent Hill, was continued again Monday in Harvey County District Court. The 19-month-old died March 27 of blunt force trauma and asphyxiation. Dale, 21, and her boyfriend, Chad Carr, are charged in the death.

The boy was a son of Richard Hill and grandson of Jim and Gail Myers, all of Peabody.

Dale is next scheduled to appear before District Judge Joe Dickinson at 9 a.m. July 29.

Dale’s attorney, Gregory Barker, entered a motion to have Dale released from jail on her own recognizance.

“She has already been in jail a lengthy time,” he said.

Harvey County Attorney David Yoder said he did not oppose Barker’s request for a continuance but argued a bond reduction would be inappropriate because of the felony charges against Dale.

She has been charged with two counts of felony endangerment of a child, one count of felony abuse of a child, and one count of aggravated battery.

“The state would be opposed to having her released on her own recognizance,” he said. “The Level 4 felony charge presumes some prison time if she is found guilty. The other charges are serious abuse and neglect. In the state’s view a reduced bond at this time is not justified.”

Dickinson ruled Dale’s bond would remain at $50,000.

At a preliminary hearing July 9, Carr was bound over for trial on first-degree murder charges in Vincent Hill’s death. Both he and Dale remain in the Harvey County Detention Center.

Last modified July 22, 2010

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