By Beverly Corbell
MONTROSE – A plea hearing for Daniel Ryan, accused of killing a 14-month-old girl, has been delayed until Monday, Nov. 29 at 9 a.m.
Ryan appeared in shackles before Montrose District Judge Jeff Herron Monday, represented by public defender Harvey Palefsky.
Palefsky asked for the continuance because he said he just received “several hundred pages of discovery” documents that he still has to read before entering a plea.
Ryan, 23, faces charges of first-degree homicide and child abuse resulting in death following the Sept. 11 death of Hailey Rocha.
Ryan was babysitting for the child’s mother, his girlfriend, when he allegedly injured the baby. When she became unresponsive, Ryan took the baby to her mother’s job, a restaurant on South Townsend, where resuscitation attempts failed. She was later pronounced dead at Montrose Memorial Hospital.
Ryan was arrested a short time later and is being held at the Montrose County jail on a cash bond of $500,000.
According to the Montrose coroner, the baby died as a result of multiple traumatic injuries, causing blunt force trauma.