An Elbert County man reached a plea agreement on Nov. 6 with the district attorney’s office in a case involving the death of his 4-month-old daughter, who died from traumatic brain injuries while in his care.
According to Lisa Pinto, spokesperson for District Attorney George Brauchler, Richard “Ricky” Dolin, 27, pleaded guilty to felony charges of “knowing or reckless child abuse resulting in death.”
Dolin is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 14 in Kiowa. He faces a term of between 10 and 32 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections.
Dolin had been taking care of the baby and his 3-year-old son while his wife Jaime went to college one night a week.
On March 14, 2012, Elbert County sheriff’s deputies responded to a call for medical help involving an infant having seizures.
The baby, Marlayna Reise Dolin, was transported to Children’s Hospital in Parker and subsequently placed in a medically induced coma while being treated for cranial bleeding and broken ribs.
She died from her injuries on April 1, 2012.
Richard Dolin was arrested on March 16, 2012, and has been held in the Elbert County jail on $100,000 bond.
In a heavily redacted, partial affidavit released by the district attorney’s office after the plea deal was reached, an investigator reported Dolin initially claimed the child had been hit in the face with a Spiderman toy, but later said the baby might have fallen off a couch onto a cement floor while he was out of the room folding laundry.
Dolin remains in the Elbert County jail awaiting sentencing.