Two plead not guilty in Minot toddler's death

Associated Press

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Two people accused in what authorities say was the beating death of a Minot toddler have pleaded not guilty to murder.

The Minot Daily News reports that 32-year-old Anthony Robinson and 20-year-old Cassondra Ayala are charged in the Feb. 14 death of 19-month-old Conrad Ayala. They each could face life in prison if convicted.

Police Sgt. David Goodman testified in court on Wednesday that the toddler had bruising "from head to toe," and that medical officials said the boy also had suffered a broken jaw and a fractured skull.

Ayala's attorney, Eric Baumann, maintains there is probable cause that child abuse occurred but not murder.