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Juvenile in case of toddler’s death appears in court

January 26, 2015 — By Jessica Williams

A waiver for the juvenile held in the case of 3-year-old Owen Collins’ death is being sought by the Wells County Prosecutor's Office to move the case to adult court.
Zachary Barker, 16, Marion, appeared before Judge Kent Kiracofe Monday in street clothes and in shackles. Although he is a juvenile, it was determined Barker’s hearing would be open to the public.
Barker is being held on several charges, including neglect of dependent causing serious bodily injury, which would be a Level 3 felony if he was an adult. State statute requires the defendant to be 18 years old in order to be charged with neglect of a dependent causing death, a Level 1 felony.
He is also being held for neglect of a dependent, a would-be Level 5; and abuse of a corpse, altering the scene of death, and obstruction of justice, all would-be Level 6 felonies. A hearing for the waiver was set for Feb. 6.

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