No bond for silent teen in correction officer's death
No bond was set this afternoon for 15 year old Dylan Cardeilhac, who sat silent as charges of first degree murder and first degree assault causing serious bodily injury were read against him in Scotts Bluff County Court. Cardeilhac is accused in the strangulation death of 24 year old corrections officer Amanda Baker.
Cardeilhac will be represented by the Nebraska Commission on Public Advocacy, who will also represent him on a charge of armed robbery regarding a robbery of a Mitchell convenience store late last year. He was awaiting trial on that charge when the attack occurred last Friday.
Cardeilhac is being charged as an adult in both cases, although County Court Judge Kris Mickey indicated he had the right to make a motion to move the murder case to juvenile court. District Judge Randy Lippstreu has already ruled that Cardeilhac will be tried as an adult on the robbery charge.
Court documents Friday say Cardeilhac lured Scotts Bluff County corrections officer Amanda Baker into his cell as part of a planned attack last Friday.
The arrest affidavit filed in Scotts Bluff County Court by Sheriff's investigator Matt Holcomb says video from a camera in the cell shows Cardeilhac talked Baker into the cell to look at something on the floor. The documents say the video shows as Baker's back was turned to Cardeilhac, he jumped on her back and wrapped both arms around her back and neck. The two fell to the ground and even though Baker tried to resist, she loses consciousness. The video shows Cardeilhac continued to apply pressure for around ninety seconds after Baker had gone limp. The entire attack lasted a little over two and a half minutes.
The documents say after the attack Cardeilhac got the facility keys off Baker's belt, left the room, and opened and entered a number of cells that housed other juvenile offenders in the facility. A short time after the attack he was located in another cell and relocated to a secure cell by corrections officer Mark Botzki, who noticed a number of open doors to cells and saw things were not as usual.
The documents say Botzki stated Baker was unconscious and breathing when he got to the cell. Another corrections officer Leo Ysac gave CPR to Baker while Botzi was rounding up Cardeilhac prior to ambulance personnel responding and taking over medical care.
Cardeilhac,who was arrested at 1 a.m., has been separated from the rest of the population at the county's detention center following the alleged attack on Friday.
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