Trial delayed for dad accused in baby’s death

Matthew Ogden

A 10-day trial in the case of a Parachute man accused of killing his infant daughter has been delayed until January, after having been scheduled to start next week.

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Sherry Caloia said the delay was granted at the request of Matthew Ogden’s public defense attorney.

Ogden, 31, faces charges including first-degree murder of a child under 12 in the death of his month-old daughter, Sarah, who died of blunt-force injuries on June 20 of last year.

Phyllis “Amy” Wyatt, Sarah’s mom, is serving eight years in prison after pleading guilty to child abuse resulting in death in the case.

She’s expected to be a key witness for prosecutors after telling authorities Ogden attacked Sarah to try to quiet her in the hours before the girl died. Wyatt failed to intervene, or later tell medical responders what had happened as they tried to determine the nature of Sarah’s injuries and save her life, authorities say.

Ogden’s defense strategy suffered a recent setback when a judge largely rejected efforts by Ogden’s attorney to exclude from trial statements Ogden made to investigators following Sarah’s death. These include a number of different explanations he reportedly offered for how she might have been injured.

Judge John Neiley also rejected motions by Ogden’s attorney, Kori Keil Zapletal, to suppress evidence collected in searches.

Zapletal has indicated in motions and court proceedings that the defense strategy at trial will likely center on seeking to undermine Wyatt’s credibility as a witness and possibly suggesting she killed her daughter. Wyatt reportedly had made past threats about killing herself and her children.

Sarah had a twin brother who was taken into protective custody after Sarah’s death, and Wyatt also has older children.


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