No Plea Yet From Suspect in Baby's Murder
by Beverly Corbell
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Daniel Lee Ryan
Daniel Lee Ryan
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MONTROSE — Without speaking a word, Daniel Ryan sat through a brief hearing before Judge Jeff Herron in Montrose District Court Monday afternoon.

Ryan, 23, faces several charges in the Sept. 11 death of Hailey Rocha, 14 months old, the daughter of his girlfriend. Charges include first-degree homicide and child abuse resulting in death.

As Ryan sat in gray-striped prison clothes with his wrists shackled, public defender Harvey Palefsky told the judge his client was not yet ready to enter a plea.

Herron agreed to hold another hearing on Monday, Nov. 1 at 9 a.m.

Palefsky also asked about his motion to cease evidence testing until the defense has a chance to examine it. Assistant District Attorney Jerry Montgomery said testing had already been halted and agreed to set up a meeting with the defense to see the evidence.

According to previous reports from Montrose County, Ryan had been babysitting the little girl while his girlfriend, her mother, worked at a restaurant on South Townsend Avenue. Police said that Ryan injured the baby and then took her to the restaurant to the mother when she stopped breathing. Resuscitation attempts were unsuccessful.

A report from Dr. Thomas Canfield, Montrose County coroner, stated that the little girl died from blunt force trauma.

Canfield’s report states, “The forensic autopsy revealed that she died as a direct result of multiple traumatic injuries…. The cause of death was blunt force trauma. The manner of death is homicide.”

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