A nanny charged in the June 2011 death of a Richland toddler agreed Thursday to postpone her trial toJan. 28.
Kelli Anne Jacobsen, 28, is charged in Benton County Superior Court with first-degree manslaughter.
After a number of delays, defense lawyer Scott Johnson told the court he believes this will be a firm date.
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 he knows it's been a complex case for both sides and they've made progress on it.
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Miller also told the court that Ryder's mother, Tawney Johnson, recently had twins, so the new date will work for her.
Judge Vic VanderSchoor said he believes both the prosecution and the defense have been working on the case and signed off on the January date.
Jacobsen's trial was set for this month. 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 child on June 22, 2011, while watching him at his Richland home.
Tawney Johnson saw Ryder when she went home for lunch that day, and was back at work by noon.
Then at 12:14 p.m., Jacobsen called 911 and told authorities Ryder fell when she was in the kitchen getting him a snack, according to court documents. She ran to the living room and found Ryder on his back.
Ryder -- who celebrated his first birthday the day before -- died in surgery.
Emergency room doctors at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland have said the boy's injuries were inconsistent with the nanny's story, documents said.
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