- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2015

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) - A northern Idaho judge has ruled that a girl’s death certificate won’t be allowed in the trial of a baby sitter charged with first-degree murder.

Second District Court Judge Jeff M. Brudie also on Wednesday ruled that witnesses won’t be allowed to offer opinions about whether the injuries sustained by 2-year-old Rylee Mingo were accidental or on purpose.

Thirty-year-old Natasha Hodges has pleaded not guilty to charges she struck the toddler in the abdomen, causing the 2012 death.

Prosecutors wanted the death certificate submitted but defense attorney Richard M. Cuddihy argued the county coroner isn’t required to have a medical background, so the conclusion is hearsay.

The Lewiston Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1xBEjdK) that Cuddihy has argued that Mingo died from a previous medical condition.

The trial is set for April 6.

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Information from: Lewiston Tribune, https://www.lmtribune.com


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