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Mother to Stand Trial in Child Abuse Death

Posted on: October 29, 2009

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Mother to Stand Trial in Child Abuse Death

Posted: // Oct 28, 2009 04:09 PM

Updated: // Oct 28, 2009 04:09 PM

A young mother accused in her child’s death will stand trial. Tiffany Bohlen has decided not to enter a plea, but instead take her case to a jury.

A judge threw out the initial charge of manslaughter. Now Bohlen will stand trial on the charge of child abuse resulting in death.

She was just 19 when she gave birth to a girl on New Year’s Day 2008. Wednesday she turned her back to the NTV camera as she talked with her lawyer outside court.

Bohlen and her boyfriend Chris Klein shared a home in Grand Island in early 2008.

One February night Klein put seven-week-old Caitlynne Bohlen to bed. He apparently suffocated the child with a blanket, pacifier, and pillow. He was convicted, but a lower court judge tossed Bohlen’s case.

Prosecutors re-filed different charges, now following the delay it will go to trial.

It is scheduled to start November 18, and is expected to last three days.

When it goes to trial, it appears a child abuse expert will not be allowed to testify. The defense asked the judge for that ruling today, because one of the witnesses would not cooperate with their questioning.

Reporter’s Notes by Steve White:
Judge William Wright told Bohlen this was her “last opportunity to enter a plea.” There was no agreement between the prosecution and defense, so it will go to trial.

Bohlen’s attorney made arguments about a witness who has not cooperated. Attempts to serve Dr. Jeff DeMare of Omaha will a subpoena were unsuccessful, and the defense lawyer said the doctor failed to meet for a deposition in the case. The defense asked the judge not to allow the witness to testify at trial.

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