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Status hearing set for Ogden man

By Katherine Wartell

Another status hearing was set for the Ogden man accused of killing a 6-month-old baby in Riley Court District Court Tuesday afternoon.

Michael Dechant, 19, appeared in front of Magistrate Judge William Malcolm via video communication from the Riley County Jail, with his lawyer, Larry McRell, chief public defender for the North Central Regional Public Defender’s Office.

In court, McRell requested that Judge Malcolm set another status hearing prior to scheduling Dechant’s preliminary hearing, so that his office could obtain case materials from the county attorney’s office.

Dechant is accused of killing his girlfriend’s son, Dominick Lubrano.

Officers arrested him on March 18 in Ogden, after he called police to report that the boy had stopped breathing.

According to family members, Dechant had been babysitting the child, who was taken to Mercy Regional Health Center before he was flown to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.

Though initially charged with aggravated battery, those charges were amended the following Monday after doctors pronounced the child dead.

Dechant is confined on $1 million bond.

His formal charges are first-degree murder and abuse of a child younger than 18 years old.

His next hearing is scheduled for April 9 at 1 p.m. at the Riley County Courthouse.

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