Date set for charge hearing

Written by Christina O'Haver, The Union Democrat December 24, 2012 11:08 am

A 26-year-old Jamestown man who allegedly killed his infant daughter could face a homicide charge after a court hearing next month.

Tuolumne County District Attorney Mike Knowles previously had charged Kevin Michael Boehmer with assault on a child under 8 years old resulting in coma or paralysis. He amended the charge after the girl, 3-month-old Kalie Boehmer, was pronounced dead. 

 

Because Boehmer pleaded not guilty to the initial charge during his arraignment on Dec. 12, Knowles must receive permission from a judge to formally re-charge him.

Knowles requested last week that the court hear the amended complaint against Boehmer. 

A court date was set for Jan. 9 for a judge to decide whether Boehmer will be charged with assault on a child under 8 resulting in death.

The maximum sentence under the new charge would be life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years, Knowles said. 

Doctors pronounced Kalie Boehmer dead at Oakland Children’s Hospital on Dec. 11, but Knowles said he was not informed until after filing the initial complaint for the arraignment the following day. 

She remained on life support after her death to preserve her organs for donation.

Kalie Boehmer was initially taken to Sonora Regional Medical Center on Dec. 9 by her father because she was having difficulty breathing.

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.

Knowles said doctors have implied the baby’s injuries were not consistent with an accident. 

Boehmer was still in custody this morning, with bail set at $200,000.