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Father could face death penalty if convicted of killing daughter

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Harley Quint Young could face the death penalty if convicted of killing his 41⁄2-month-old daughter, Alecsandria Young, said 9th District Chief Judge Thomas Ossola on Friday.

Young’s wife, Micah Marie Schmid-Young, allegedly was also involved in the killing. If convicted, she could receive six to 24 years in prison, or up to 48 years if aggravating circumstances are found.

The couple arrived in Garfield County on Thursday after they were found and arrested near Tucumcari, N.M., on March 29. They waived extradition, allowing Garfield County authorities to pick them up from Quay County, N.M.

Harley Young is accused of killing the couple’s daughter on Feb. 17, 2002. In all, he faces three child-abuse charges. Schmid-Young is charged with two counts of child abuse causing serious bodily injury.

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In separate hearings, both parents were advised of their charges in district court Friday.

Harley Young, 22, was the first of the two to enter the courtroom Friday. He was dressed in a black-and-white Garfield County Jail uniform, sporting short hair, a beard and a tattoo across his upper back showing above the collar of his uniform.

Public defender James Conway was assigned as Young’s attorney.

Ossola asked Young if he understood that if he’s convicted of child abuse causing the death of a child under the age of 12 ” which is a variation of first-degree murder ” he could face life in prison or the death penalty.

Young calmly answered, “Yes, I do, your honor.”

The other charges, child abuse resulting in death, knowingly or recklessly; and child abuse resulting in death, with criminal negligence, are class 2 and 3 felonies respectively. Together, these two charges could net him 12 to 40 years in prison, or up to 80 years if aggravating circumstances are found.

Young’s bond remained at $250,000.

A few minutes after Young was led out of the courtroom, his wife came in.

Schmid-Young was indicted on two charges: child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury, knowingly or recklessly; and child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury, negligently.

She faces 6 to 24 years in prison, or up to 48 years if aggravating circumstances are found.

She sobbed quietly as Ossola advised her of the charges.

Her bond was kept at $50,000.

Glenwood Springs attorney Jonathan Shamis said he would act as a court-appointed attorney for Schmid-Young.

The arrest

New Mexico State Police found and caught the couple around 6:30 p.m. on March 29 near Tucumcari, N.M.

Ninth District Attorney Mac Myers said the incident occurred in an apartment near the Colorado Mountain College turnoff, about halfway between Glenwood Springs and Carbondale. He said the couple, originally from the Denver area, lived in the apartment for about six months before they allegedly killed their daughter.

A 9th District grand jury indicted the couple on Feb. 11, then warrants were issued for their arrest.

After receiving a tip and wanted posters from Garfield County investigators, New Mexico State Police located and arrested the couple at 6245 Quay Road in Quay County southwest of Tucumcari.

The couple waived their right to fight extradition and were transported to Colorado on Thursday.

Myers and chief deputy D.A. Gretchen Larson ” who has been working on this case since Alecsandria was killed in 2002 ” said they couldn’t divulge any specifics about the killing or the crime scene because the case is still under investigation.

“It was basically a baby who died,” was all Myers could say.

Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext. 511

gmasse@postindependent.com


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