Caregiver pleads not guilty in death of toddler
WATERTOWN, S.D. – A Watertown woman has pleaded not guilty to felony charges in the death of a toddler who was in her care.
A Codington County grand jury indicted 30-year-old Amanda Walder on one count of second-degree murder, two counts of first-degree manslaughter and aggravated battery.
First responders answered a call about an unconscious child at Walder’s unlicensed day care July 14. The 16-month-old victim, Liam Koistinen, died later that day from trauma that resulted in a brain bleed and swelling.
A judge on Wednesday adjusted Walder’s bond to $50,000 cash from $100,000. Trial is set to begin Nov. 19.