Hiawatha woman accused in toddler's death wants trial reset

Parmer's ex convicted last month

Trish Mehaffey
Published: January 3 2013 | 3:58 pm - Updated: 28 March 2014 | 9:33 am in
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CEDAR RAPIDS - A woman charged with first-degree murder in the death of a 17-month-old-toddler in 2010 is asking the court to continue her trial set for later this month to allow additional witnesses to testify.

Amy Jo Parmer, 29, of Hiawatha, charged with first-degree murder and child endangerment resulting in death, is the second defendant charged in the death of her ex-boyfriend's daughter Kamryn Schlitter. Kamryn's father Zyriah Schlitter, 25, of Cedar Rapids, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment resulting in death last month following a two week trial.

Many of the expert medical witnesses testifying in Schlitter's trial will also testify in Parmer's, but her attorneys have added two medical witnesses to the list, according to a motion filed last week. Depositions for these two witnesses hasn't been conducted.

First Assistant Linn County Attorney Nick Maybanks said Thursday he also filed a motion because one of his expert witnesses isn't available this month.

A new trial date hasn't been set and the judge will likely set a hearing to discuss a possible trial date, Maybanks said.

Kamryn Schlitter died of blunt force head injuries March 28, 2010, according to trial testimony. Medical experts testified that Kamryn wouldn't have recovered from the severe head trauma that was caused by a shaking or slamming. Several doctors also said the injuries likely occurred within hours or days of the 911 call Parmer made March 22, 2010, saying Kamryn needed medical help.

Dr. Marcus Nashelsky, Johnson County medical examiner and pathology professor at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, testified Kamryn could have been punched, someone may have held her arms and legs and swung her body into another surface, or someone could have held her body and pushed her into another surface.

Nashelsky said there were two separate trauma events, an older one possibly a week before March 21, 2010 and the recent injury occurred minutes to six hours of the 911 call.

During trial, Nicole King, Kamryn's mother, testified she initially thought Parmer was to blame for Kamryn's abuse, but after seeing the injuries on her daughter in the hospital she said she knew Schlitter was responsible.

Two other witnesses testified that Parmer told them she may have killed Kamryn.

The prosecution's theory is that Schlitter and Parmer both inflicted Kamryn's physical abuse or each knew of the other's abuse and did nothing to stop it the last month of her life, while Schlitter had sole custody of the child.

Schlitter faces up to 55 years in prison. He was originally charged with first-degree murder but the jury convicted him of the lesser charge and child endangerment resulting in death. His sentencing is set Feb. 15.

 

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