Man charged in baby death

Christina O'Haver, The Union Democrat

A Jamestown man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a charge that he killed his infant daughter, who died at a hospital in December.

Kevin Michael Boehmer, 26, was charged at a motion hearing Wednesday in Tuolumne County Superior Court with assault on a child under 8 years old resulting in death.

Boehmer was previously charged with assault on a child under 8 years old resulting in a coma or paralysis. Tuolumne County District Attorney Mike Knowles sought to amend the charge after 3-month-old Kalie Boehmer was pronounced dead by doctors at Oakland Children's Hospital on Dec. 11. The girl died two days after her father took her to Sonora Regional Medical Center because she was having difficulty breathing.

Sonora hospital staff noticed several old bruises and injuries around the child's neck and chest. They reported it to the Sheriff's Office, and deputies arrested Boehmer on suspicion of willful cruelty to a child resulting in possible injury or death.

The new charge had to be approved by a judge, because Boehmer had already pleaded not guilty to the prior charge at his arraignment.

Judge Eleanor Provost not only granted the motion but also Knowles' request for an increase in bail from $200,000 to $1 million.

The maximum sentence if convicted is life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years, Knowles said.Boehmer's preliminary hearing was originally scheduled for Friday but was continued until Feb. 6 at 1:15 p.m. in Department 4.

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