Update: Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 2:50 p.m.: A jury trial has been set for the Cole County daycare provided accused of shaking a child at her home.Shelley Richter was scheduled to be in court on Feb. 14, but according to the Missouri Court case.net, on Feb. 8, her trial date was postponed. A pre-trial conference has been scheduled for June 8, and she will be in front of a jury on June 13. Update: Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 10:17 a.m.:The Cole County woman accused of shaking a child at her home daycare has pleaded not guilty.Shelley Richter, 40, entered the plea in front of Cole County Judge Pat Joyce Wednesday morning and also waived her formal arraignment.Joyce set a trial date Feb.14, 2011.
A Cole County grand jury on Sept. 28 returned a two count indictment against Richter. The grand jury charged Richter with child abuse and endangering the welfare of a child, alleging she hit and shook 7-month-old Lane Schaeffer.
Lane is back home and needs daily physical therapy and the family said he may suffer permanent vision loss.
Richter said she dropped Lane on a concrete floor after tripping over another child at her home daycare.
However, doctors testified in front of the grand jury the baby TMs injuries are consistent with shaken baby syndrome.
Original Story: A Cole County woman charged with shaking a baby at her home day care will appear in court Wednesday.
An grand jury indicted Shelley Richter, 40, of Taos with child abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.
Richter said she accidentally tripped over another child and dropped 7-month-old Lane Schaeffer on a concrete floor. But doctors told authorities the baby's injuries were consistent with shaken baby syndrome.
The child suffered serious injuries and the family said he may permanently be blind.
The arraignment in circuit court begins at 9 a.m. Wednesday.