Monday, June 30, 2014

Custodial dad, step charged in death of 2-year-old daughter (Stockton, California)

We've posted on custodial dad DWIGHT SLAY before. There were multiple reports of child abuse to the authorities, all ignored. But there is still a lot of back story that's not being told.

Pair charged in death of 2-year-old plead not guilty at court hearing

By The Record June 30, 2014 4:00 PM

STOCKTON -- Two people charged in connection with the death of 2-year-old Tafari Barris pleaded not guilty today, and a hearing to determine whether they should face trial was scheduled for Aug. 18.

The toddler’s biological father, 27-year-old Dwight Slay, and his girlfriend, 30-year-old Latima Coleman, were escorted into the courtroom by bailiffs and sat two chairs apart for the duration of the very brief hearing.

Both told San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Franklin Stephenson that they were waiving their right to a preliminary hearing within 10 days. The pair face child abuse charges, including torture and child abuse causing death, prosecutors have said. If convicted, each could face the possibility of life in prison.