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Defense: Prosecutors seek continuance in trial of Bloomington woman accused of killing child

Defense: Prosecutors seek continuance in trial of Bloomington woman accused of killing child


BLOOMINGTON — The defense team for a Bloomington woman accused of beating to death her boyfriend’s 8-year-old daughter is objecting to the state’s motion for a continuance.

The murder trial for Cynthia Baker, 41, also known as Cynthia Clay, was set to begin Tuesday, but defense attorney Todd Ringel of the Johnson Law Group in Bloomington said the state is asking for a delay.

“The basis of the State's motion came after the defense disclosed evidence relating to a possible injury sustained by the minor before her death,” he said. “The State argued that the timing of the disclosure by the defense inhibited their ‘ability to properly investigate’ the earlier incident.”

Prosecutor Mary Koll could not be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon.

Ringel said the fact that an earlier injury could have resulted in death should have already been known by prosecutors.

“The evidence stemmed from an explanatory opinion offered by a physician who was interviewed by detectives on Jan. 26, 2019, and had already been named by the State as a possible witness. ... The doctor stated, ‘The mechanism for these type things is a blow or a sudden deceleration, like a seat belt, where the body and the bowel move, but you are stopped suddenly. So, then the bowel for that split-second sort of whiplashes and tears off its blood supply.’"

Ringel said the defense is ready for trial. The motion on the hearing is set for 9 a.m. Wednesday, he said.

“An innocent person sits in jail awaiting trial on murder charges,” he added. “We are ready for trial. We are confident our client is not guilty, and know a jury will agree with us."

Baker was indicted April 24 on murder charges and remains in jail in lieu of posting $100,035.

Prosecutors contend police obtained video from a cellphone showing the child being abused by Baker.

Contact Kevin Barlow at (309) 820-3238. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_barlow


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