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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -
Former daycare worker, 24-year-old Ashley Reifer, was back
in front of Judge Chip Moore on Thursday. Reifer is going to stand trial for the
2010 death of a 2-month-old infant Brody Hopper.
Prosecutors requested to enter
additional crimes evidence; specifically the hearing was to determine whether a
2008 incident in which a 7-month old child who broke his arm while under
Reifer's care would be added. Prosecutors wanted the possible second charge to
be admissible at the trial.
Reifer, who worked at Busy Bee Daycare in Baker, LA was
never officially charged in the second incident. She is free on bond in the
Hopper case; however, she is bound to a curfew under her parent's control.
However prosecutors withdrew the motion before the judge got
started. "In subsequent investigation and talking with some expert witnesses I
made the determination, under my obligations as a prosecutor, to withdraw the
motion at this time," says Prosecutor Steve Danielson.
Brody Hopper was pronounced dead at Lane Memorial hospital
October 28th, 2010. An autopsy reported he died of "traumatic brain
injury." The autopsy was performed by Dr. Bruce Wainer who testified in a
hearing last year. Traumatic brain injury is also known as shaken baby
Then the defense then filed a motion to get evidence from
the state. The defense wants tissue samples from the original samples
taken from the victim. "When we get access to those slides it's going to show
that there isn't any trauma to the child. Brodie did not die from trauma," says
defense attorney Lance Unglesby.
"I think his motion is incorrect," says prosecutor
Danielson. "He's asking not just that we provide these tissue samples these
slides to their expert witness. But that we re-do the testing procedure which
is a very very complicated procedure."
Either way both sides will be back in court in 60 days.