Bond slashed to $15,000 for suspect in child’s death

Dartanin Mitchell



A judge on Thursday slashed the bond amount for a man who has been described by District Attorney Pete Hautzinger as the prime suspect in the death of an infant.

District Judge Richard Gurley ordered bonds reduced to $15,000 for 33-year-old Dartanin Mitchell after attorneys cited unspecified developments in the investigation of the death of Mitchell’s baby son, Lucius Lee Mitchell.

A timeline for a decision on filing charges is “not as clear as it once was,” Deputy District Attorney Todd Hildebrandt told the judge. No further explanation was provided.

The DA’s office offered no objection to a bond reduction requested by Mitchell’s public defender.

Should he post bond, the judge said Dartanin Mitchell must be fitted with a Global Positioning System ankle monitor in order to monitor his whereabouts.

Prior to Wednesday, Mitchell had been jailed on bonds totaling $110,000 relating to two felony cases of second-degree burglary and first-degree aggravated motor- vehicle theft.

Hautzinger on June 22 told another judge that Mitchell faces a “highly likely” first-degree murder charge in connection with the death of his son. Charges were pending a written report in the case from the Mesa County Coroner’s Office, Hautzinger said.

The Grand Junction Police Department said it is still investigating the death of Lucius, a baby who died June 12 at Children’s Hospital in Denver. Authorities have not specified how the boy was injured.

Lucius was the subject of a medical call handled by police May 27 in the 2900 block of Bunting Avenue. He was flown to Children’s Hospital.


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