Nanny faces Jan. 28 trial in death of Richland toddler

Tri-City HeraldOctober 11, 2012 

— A nanny charged in the June 2011 death of a Richland toddler received a new trial date today.

Kelli Anne Jacobsen agreed to postpone her first-degree manslaughter trial in Benton County Superior Court to Jan. 28.

Her lawyer, Scott Johnson, told the court this should be a firm date after a number of delays.

Prosecutor Andy Miller said the ongoing criminal matter has been difficult on the family of Ryder Morrison, but he didn't object to the delay because both sides have had a lot of work to do on the case.

Miller also told the court that Ryder's mother, Tawney Johnson, recently had twins so the new date works.

Jacobsen's trial had been set for Oct. 22. Her charge includes aggravating circumstances that the boy was particularly vulnerable, incapable of resistance and his death had a destructive and foreseeable impact on others.

Jacobsen is accused of causing a fatal head injury to the boy on June 22, 2011, while watching him at his Richland home.

Ryder -- who celebrated his first birthday the day before -- died in surgery.

For more on this story and other court news, read Friday's Herald and

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