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Baby-sitter accused in beating death

Friday, December 20, 2002

GREENCASTLE, Ind. -- A $100,000 cash bond has been set in the case of a Greencastle woman facing charges of battery causing death in the Sunday death of a 3-year-old girl in her care.

Mindy K. Troxal, 21, appeared in Putnam Circuit Court Thursday afternoon and asked for a court appointed attorney to defend her against the charge that her actions led to the death of Kaitlene G. Byrd, a child she was baby-sitting on Dec. 11.

She faces a maximum of 50 years in prison if convicted of the charge. The minimum sentence is 20 years.

Troxal has been accused of violently shaking Byrd while the child was in her home.

Doctors at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis have told investigators the child was a victim of "shaken baby syndrome." The action caused head trauma to the child, who died in the hospital on Dec. 15. On Tuesday, the Marion County coroner ruled the child's death a homicide.

Troxal sat quietly in the courtroom Thursday while Judge Diana LaViolette read the charge against her and advised Troxal of her legal rights. The baby-sitter also quietly answered that she has never before been in trouble with the law.

Prosecutor Matthew Headley noted the severity of the crime, and requested a $100,000 cash bond.

Troxal told the judge she has not been employed since 2000, and her husband works at F.B. Distro in Greencastle.

Judge LaViolette honored the $100,000 bond request, and appointed attorney James Record as Troxal's public defender.

She also ordered a no-contact order between Troxal and the child's family, as well as to witnesses, including doctors who examined the child.

A preliminary plea of not guilty was entered, and a pre-trial conference date was set for 11:30 a.m. Feb. 27.

Troxal was remanded to the custody of the Putnam County Jail.

Funeral services were conducted Thursday for Kaitlene Byrd, the daughter of John and Melissa Byrd, Greencastle. The family had close ties to Clay County.

Lisa Meyer Trigg is the Banner Graphic assistant editor.

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