Richland nanny's retrial likely to be after new year

By The Tri-City HeraldSeptember 19, 2013 

The retrial for a Richland nanny accused of causing a 1-year-old boy's fatal injuries likely won't happen until after the new year.

Kelli A. Jacobsen is charged with first-degree manslaughter with aggravating circumstances.

Her trial date has been reset a few times since a Benton County jury in May announced it was deadlocked and couldn't reach a decision.

Prosecutor Andy Miller and defense attorney Scott Johnson are checking the schedules of several key witnesses, including some doctors, before the next hearing in two weeks.

At that time, Johnson said they will discuss a trial date in either late January or early February.

Jacobsen was the live-in nanny for Ryder Morrison, who died in June 2011 on the operating table a day after celebrating his first birthday.

Doctors say the boy's death was from abusive head trauma, which happened minutes or possibly up to 24 hours before he was rushed to the hospital.

The defense has tried to put the blame on Ryder's mother, claiming maybe she did something to him while the two were home alone the evening of his birthday.

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