Mom Pleads Not Guilty to Choking Baby to Near Death

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Crissy Jean Manley pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault, family violence and child abuse.

Guam – The mother accused of choking her baby to near death appeared again in court today.

 

Crissy Jean Manley, 32, was arrested earlier this month on suspicion of abusing her one-year-old son. Police say Manley and the baby’s step-father, 38-year-old Joe Bautista Duenas, rushed the baby to the hospital, claiming that he had choked on a coin.

But after noticing bruises, doctors contacted police. Police say the parents eventually confessed. Although Manley denied choking her baby, police say Duenas claimed to have witness Manley choking the one-year-old boy.

Duenas also admitted to burning the baby with a lighter and cigarettes.

Both were indicted on charges of aggravated assault, family violence and child abuse. Manley was also charged with attempted murder.

 

“At this point I will acknowledge receipt of the indictment in this case and waive a full reading thereof; enter pleas of not guilty to all charges; request a jury trial by 12 persons; a copy of the grand jury recording; full discovery including compliance with the Laxamana decision. We’re waiving her right to a speedy trial,” said Public Defender Richard Dierks.

Manley continues to be held on $500,000 cash bail, while Duenas’ bail was reduced from $300,000 to just $5,000 on Wednesday.