Attorney dismisses abuse case
A case against the wife of a man convicted of beating his child to death has been dismissed. Two counts of reckless and negligent child abuse against Micah Marie Schmid-Young were dismissed last month in 9th District Court.Deputy district attorney Gretchen Larson filed the dismissal on the grounds that the co-defendant in the case, Schmid-Young’s husband, Harley Quint Young, pleaded guilty to the crime, and that evidence was insufficient to convict her. “There was always a question about who caused the injuries,” said assistant district attorney Vince Felletter. After Young pleaded guilty “he made a statement claiming full responsibility and that Micah was not involved at all.”Young was sentenced to 30 years in prison in January.Police arrested Schmid-Young, 21, and Young, 22, of Glenwood Springs, in Tucumcari, N.M., on March 29, 2004.The couple lived in Garfield County between Glenwood Springs and Carbondale near the Colorado Mountain College turnoff at Highway 82 when the killing took place.On Feb. 17, 2002, Young came home from his job at Peppo Nino restaurant in Glenwood Springs. His wife was sleeping and his daughter, Alecsandria, 4 months, was in a swing.Larson, who spoke at the sentencing, said Young came in from work “in a bad mood” and violently jerked his daughter, who was crying, out of her swing and slammed her two times against the ground. She continued crying, and he covered her mouth and nose with his hand and suffocated her for 20 to 30 seconds. Then he wrapped her in a blanket and put her in her crib.When he came into his bedroom, according to his confession, his wife woke up and asked what noise the baby had made. Saying she was gurgling or snoring, he, too, went to sleep. The next morning he found the baby dead in her crib.An autopsy found that the baby died from violent head trauma, sometimes called “shaken baby syndrome.”As part of a plea bargain, Young pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of reckless child abuse.Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext. email@example.com
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