Trial for Suspect In Child Abuse May Come Next Month
The trial for a 20-year-old Hutchinson man charged with a single count of abuse of a child was scheduled to go before a jury this month, but District Attorney Keith Schroeder asked for a continuance because a doctor scheduled to testify for the state isn’t available.
Trevor Coleman is accused of the abuse of a child while he was babysitting his girlfriends children and allegedly injured a 2-year-old girl. The child suffered a lacerated liver, and two broken wrist.
So Judge Chamber granted the request of the state for the continuance and was placed once again on the judges trial docket for February. In court this morning, Schroeder told the court that the date set by the judge for February would violate the defendants right to a speedy trial in the case, so now the trial will be scheduled next month sometime.
Judge Tim Chambers had earlier called both attorney’s in the case to his courtroom and asked what if any of a video in the case needed to be redacted. Apparently, both sides agree there needs to be some cuts to the tape, but neither side would agree on what.
Coleman claims he was just playing with the child which was one of three in his care. He admits he had the child facing down when he slammed the child on his knee, which they believe caused the injuries to the child’s liver. He says he wasn’t angry, but frustrated at one of the other kids and also the mother of the kids. The state believes the force to child’s stomach was so severe that it pushed the child’s liver back to the spine, causing the laceration.
Coleman is also alleged to have thrown the same child in the air, about 8-feet according to the Hutchinson Police Detective Scott Carlton, but failed to catch the child, who then landed on the carpet. Coleman says he was distracted by one of the other kids. That’s believed to have caused the broken wrist. This occurring back on January 22.