Extradition hearing set for Parachute parents
Matthew Ogden and Phyllis Wyatt will appear in a Minnesota court Monday for an extradition hearing related to charges filed against the Parachute couple in their infant daughter’s death.
Both are slated to appear before Minnesota 9th Judicial District Judge David Harrington at 1 p.m. Monday in Cass County. Ogden and Wyatt have each been appointed public defenders.
If the couple refuses to waive requests for extradition, Colorado 9th Judicial District Attorney Sherry Caloia said her office would start the process of obtaining a governor’s warrant, which would take 15 to 20 days for approval.
Cass County authorities, the Leech Lake Tribal Police Department and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension arrested Ogden and Wyatt in north-central Minnesota June 30 on charges of fugitive of justice from another state, a felony. Ogden is being held without bond and Wyatt on a $300,000 bond.
The couple’s 4-week-old daughter, Sara Ogden, died after suffering what an autopsy determined to be two potentially fatal injuries: bruising to her liver and a blunt force impact to the forehead that fractured her skull and caused hemorrhaging in her brain. Sarah’s twin brother was taken into protective custody.
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Ogden, 29, faces charges of first-degree murder of a child by a person in a position of trust, a first-degree felony; child abuse causing death, a second-degree felony; and two counts child abuse causing serious bodily injury, a third-degree felony. Wyatt faces charges of criminally negligent child abuse causing death, a third-degree felony.
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