Attorneys wait for toxicology tests in 3-year-old's death

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Meghan McKeon

— Meghan McKeon, the mother who has been charged with child abuse resulting in the death of her 3-year-old son, is not due back in court for a month.

During a hearing Wednesday, Routt County Chief Deputy District Attorney Matt Karzen said final toxicology lab results still could be 30 days out. Investigators expect the results will show decisively what caused Austin Davis’ death.

“My experience is getting lab results back is never as expeditious as we would like it to be,” Routt County Judge James Garrecht said.

Karzen said his office has started to receive some preliminary toxicology results.

Even without the final results, the Routt County District Attorney’s Office has filed two Class 2 felony charges against McKeon. Police think McKeon had been leaving Austin home alone for more than a month. Leading up to Austin’s death, police think, Austin was left alone for nearly 20 hours as McKeon went to work and then spent the night at a boyfriend’s house.

One issue discussed during Wednesday’s hearing was a concern expressed by Public Defender Sheryl Uhlmann about enough material being available to perform additional toxicology tests if necessary. Uhlmann was told by the District Attorney’s Office that it was thought enough material already had been gathered for a second sample.

“If that turns out not to be the case, that will be a big problem,” Uhlmann said.

In preparing McKeon’s defense, the Public Defender’s Office might want to have its own toxicology tests done.

McKeon is due back in court at 2 p.m. May 7. She is being held in Routt County Jail on a $250,000 bond.

Also discussed during the hearing was a motion filed Tuesday on behalf of the Steamboat Pilot & Today requesting that McKeon’s arrest warrant and supporting affidavit be unsealed.

Uhlmann said both sides were asking for time to respond to the motion before the court made a ruling.

Garrecht gave them five days to respond to the motion.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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Comments

bill schurman 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Charge first, investigate later? What's wrong with this picture?

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Mark Ruckman 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Bill, we could have let her walk around for a month and hope she was still in town or the USA when we had all of the test done.

Would you be more unhappy that the test are not complete OR if she had skipped the country awaiting test to be complete?

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Scott Wedel 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Bill,

Looks like they have done enough investigating such as determining leaving the child alone for 20 hours in order to support charges.

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bill schurman 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Let the records be open to the light of day and see just what is the p.c. to arrest and charge her with the two crimes that are presently charged.

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Bernard Gagne Jr 3 months, 3 weeks ago

The DA's office mishandles yet ANOTHER case... prematurely and incorrectly charging her with misdemeanor child abuse. She had the opportunity to flee at that time had she wanted to - and she did not, fortunately. She went to court to plead guilty to said charges, the DA's office drops those charges, then re-arrests her on felony charges that should have applied in the first place... the DA's office, Mr. Barkey in particular seems to be unable to do their jobs. It's a dead baby! They couldn't figure out within 24 hours the appropriate charge? Another court room fiasco for Mr. Barkey? enough is enough of Mr. Barkey.

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Scott Wedel 3 months, 3 weeks ago

There was another poorly handled situation with local law enforcement and justice system last week. Sam Wisecup Jr was arrested on March 24th according to the jail report:

Samuel L. Wisecup Jr., 30 — DUI, felony license revoked by habitual offender, left scene of injury accident, careless driving (CSP)

He is also on probation and has a deferred felony sentence from the dead woman in hotel room and fleeing to Texas in her car with her credit cards episode.

And yet he was released on a PR bond and thus the police were searching for him in Oak Creek a few days ago because, surprise surprise, he didn't show up in court.

But what does it take for a habitual offender whom obviously completely violates his probation and deferred sentence conditions and previously fled the region to be kept in jail when accused of yet another felony?

I am just relieved that he was found and arrested again before harming anyone else.

And rereading http://www.steamboattoday.com/news/2013/jun/04/oak-creek-takes-plea-deal-related-death-woman-stea/ I see what a great deal he was given. He had to stay out of trouble for 12 months while spending 8 of those months in jail for other crimes. So he only had to be clean for 4 months to have that deferred wiped away and yet blew it.

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jerry carlton 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Any of you people remember a 3 year old child died under his mother's "care"? No common sense left in the world today. Who leaves a 3 year old alone for 15 minutes? Much less hours. Vote against the D.A. Read related story about the child's "father" and then you can complain about the judge Vote against the judge. Let some other lawyer feed at the public trough. Lawyers= common sense. Not.

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mark hartless 3 months, 3 weeks ago

After reading this story, I don't know how this got spinned into a community that needs to provide more childcare.

This is about a selfish idiot who chose to leave her child alone for 20 hrs and go shack-up with her boyfriend. Even animals know better and people should not wag their finger at society as-a-whole just because this idiot chose her own lusts over the proper care of her child; something even animals understand.

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