User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


40° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Day County Father Accused Of Killing Daughter

August 21, 2012, 6:26 PM by Erich Schaffhauser

Day County Father Accused Of Killing Daughter
Aleeyah Cook

ABERDEEN, SD -

A Day County father accused of killing his daughter has been released from jail as his case makes its way through court.

Thirty-four-year-old Mario Contreras is accused of killing two-year-old Aleeyah Cook in January. A federal judge in Aberdeen ruled Tuesday Contreras does not have to sit in jail waiting for his trial.

Contreras’ release came with conditions which include no contact with the victim's mother and no unsupervised contact with kids.

Contreras's daughter died nearly eight months ago. The prosecution says evidence points to shaken baby.

Both families say they're putting faith in the system to sort out what happened to Aleeyah.

"Nobody's guilty until proven otherwise by the court and stuff,” Aleeyah’s uncle Ron Cook said. “So we were told to expect this."

"We just are glad with the outcome that he is released until the trial or until hopefully the charges will be dropped," Contreras' uncle David Gill said.

In the courtroom, an investigator testified that Contreras said his daughter fell and hit her head. But multiple doctors said the two-year-old girl died of injuries consistent with shaken baby. And the prosecution said Aleeyah was in Contreras' care in the days leading up to landing in the hospital.

"We all know what happened and it's going to come to light in this court. And my niece Aleeyah is going to get justice for what happened to her," Cook said.

The defense argued Contreras is innocent. His attorney said she hasn't had a chance to refute all the allegations yet.  She argued her client doesn't have a history of violent crime and brought numerous character letters from the community supporting Contreras to the judge's attention.

"The family is very supportive of him. And we hope that the investigation will show that he wasn't involved with the death of his child," Gill said.

Additional conditions to Contreras' release include not leaving the Dakotas without permission. The trial is set to begin late October.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View news

You may also like

Body Of Missing Realtor Found At Arrowhead Park

10/18/2014 3:22 PM

The body of a missing Sioux Falls realtor has been found.

Full Story
SFPD Search For Missing Realtor

10/18/2014 11:45 AM

The Sioux Falls Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding a missing woman.

Full Story
UPDATE: Two People Dead In SF Crash

10/17/2014 9:52 PM

Two people are dead after a two vehicle crash on Friday night in Sioux Falls.

Full Story
Body Of Pam Kneip Found After Search

10/18/2014 10:00 PM

Hundreds of volunteers gathered by an entrance at Arrowhead Park Saturday as police conducted a search for a missing woman.  The friends, family ...

Full Story | Watch
Police Release Names In Deadly Sioux Falls Crash

10/18/2014 8:19 PM

Police say two Sioux Falls men died in a crash Friday evening in the western part of the city.

Full Story


Events