Kuhn admitted to prosecutors that on Nov. 1. 2011, after a night of Halloween partying with friends, he aggressively put his six-month-old, Sailor Serenity Raine (pictured) to bed.
Published Oct. 2nd, 2012 by Denverpost
Denver, CO — A 19-year-old Cortez man who pleaded guilty to killing his infant daughter by slamming her so hard into a bed it caused brain trauma, was has been sentenced to 90 days in jail.
Dylan Kuhn, who admitted to causing the death of his 6-month old daughter, Sailor Serenity Kuhn, faced up to four years in prison after pleading guilty.
Pictured; Dylan Kuhn (19) was sentenced to 90 days, 4-years of probation and will have to attend a parenting class in the future, for taking the life of his 6-month-old infant.
Child activists are outraged with Colorado judge Douglas Walker (pictured) for giving baby-killer Dylan Kuhn a slap on the wrist.
Kuhn must complete four years’ probation, submit to a mental health evaluation, a substance abuse evaluation. He also is not to be alone with any child age 10 and must complete a parenting class.
District Court Judge Douglas Walker told Kuhn he was giving him an opportunity, “Make the best of this opportunity, if nothing else, to honor your daughter’s memory,” the Cortez Journal reported.
The newspaper also said the judge stated he agreed with Kuhn’s attorney that people often learn to be repeat offenders in prison.
The sentence and the plea agreement that led to it has outraged children’s advocates.
“It’s disturbing to see a judge sentence someone who admits causing a child’s death to a sentence you see in misdemeanor cases, reckless driving cases,” said Stephanie Villafuerte, executive director of the Denver-based Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center in Denver. “It’s very concerning the little value placed on this child’s life.”
District Attorney Russell Wasley did not return calls seeking comment.
The case has been news in the Cortez community since Sailor Kuhn’s death on Nov. 1, 2011.
In February, Kuhn’s defense attorney asked that the charges be dismissed because prosecutors failed to turn over potentially exculpatory evidence until less than 24 hours before a scheduled preliminary hearing.
Judge JenniLynn Lawrence did not dismiss the charges, but in April, assigned Wasley and his staff to take a class in the proper handling of evidence.
Then, in June, Kuhn was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, in violation of the terms of his bond, the Cortez Journal reported. The drunk driving charge was dismissed as part of the plea agreement.
According to court documents, police said Kuhn said he became frustrated when the baby cried and he did not know why.
The Cortez Journal reported that at the sentencing Sailor’s mother, April Coleman, told the judge Kuhn was always good to his daughter. The paper also quoted Kuhn’s mother, Vicki Espinoza, saying she worried about what would happen to her son if he went to prison.
“I don’t know why it went this far. It was an accident,” she reportedly said.