Friday, April 6, 2012

Dad jailed after 4-month-old daughter dies of head injuries (Kiowa, Colorado)

Dad is identified as RICHARD DOLIN.

Injured Elbert County Infant Dies; Father Jailed

Large Turnout For Marlayna Dolin's Funeral

By Lance Hernandez, 7NEWS Reporter

POSTED: 8:23 pm MDT April 4, 2012 UPDATED: 10:04 pm MDT April 4, 2012

 KIOWA, Colo. -- Dozens of people packed a small church in Kiowa and a small cemetery in Elizabeth on Wednesday to remember a baby girl who investigators believe was a victim of child abuse.

While family and friends said goodbye to 4-month-old Marlayna Dolin, her father, Richard Dolin, 26, sat in the Elbert County jail, charged with child abuse.

The infant was hospitalized March 14, when authorities were called to a home on a report of a baby having seizures.

Friends told 7NEWS that doctors at Children’s Hospital placed the infant in an induced coma three times “to let her little brain rest from the seizures.”

She succumbed to her injuries April 1.

“She’s with God now,” said family friend Christa Huck. “She’s an angel.”

Huck was among many friends and neighbors who attended Marlayna’s funeral.

“It’s been really hard,” Huck said. “We all prayed and hoped for a miracle, but obviously it didn’t happen the way we were hoping.”

Now, their prayers are being focused on the baby's family.

While Marlayna’s mom, Jaime, tries to come to terms with what happened, her father faces a possible enhanced charge of child abuse resulting in death.

He’s being held in the Elbert County jail on $100,000 bond.

Court documents in the case have been sealed, so details of what investigators believe happened are not available. Richard Dolin declined an interview request.

He’s due back in court April 23.