‘Not guilty’ plea entered for father accused in baby’s death

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UPDATED at: 5:59 p.m.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — The Minnehaha County State’s Attorney has not decided whether to pursue the death penalty in the case against Dylan Castimore.

Today the Sioux Falls man – accused of killing his infant son was officially charged with first degree murder and entered a not guilty plea. If he’s convicted of first degree murder, he will either face the death penalty or a mandatory life sentence. The decision is up to the prosecutor, and state’s attorney Daniel Haggar says it’s still under review.

Not guilty – that’s the plea for a Sioux Falls man accused of killing his infant son. Dylan Castimore returned to court Monday morning.

He looked down as the judge read through his new charges, which include first degree murder and aggravated battery of an infant. The judge explained that if he’s found guilty of first degree murder, he will either face a mandatory life sentence or the death penalty.

When asked if he understood the charges, Castimore said, “Yes, your honor,” and the judge entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.

Castimore’s son – eight-week-old Daxton – died at Avera McKennan Hospital on November 27. According to an autopsy, the infant died of a skull fracture. Court documents say Daxton also had a lacerated liver, bruising and broken ribs.

Days earlier, Castimore brought the baby to an emergency room with scratches and a black eye.

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