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.”