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Avon woman headed to trial for infant son's death

AVON - A mother facing felony charges stemming from the death of her infant son is headed to trial in District Court.

Tanya Amanda Baca, 30, waived her preliminary hearing Tuesday afternoon in Eagle County Court. She now moves to District Court where felony trials are held.

Baca, of Avon, was arrested in early June and jailed on charges of domestic violence, third degree assault and child abuse causing death, said Avon Police Lt. Greg Daly.

About a half hour after midnight on the night of the incident, Avon police responded to the Vail Valley Medical Center to investigate injuries to a 3-month old Avon boy.

The child was airlifted from Vail to Children's Hospital in Aurora where medical personnel continued to try to save him, Daly said.

"After advanced medical attempts to save the child, the child died," Daly said.

Avon Police detectives continue to investigate this incident, in conjunction with the Eagle County coroner's office and the Eagle County Health and Human Services department.

Preliminary hearings are held in Eagle County Court, before Judge Katharine Sullivan. After hearing the evidence and questioning by attorneys, Sullivan decides whether there is enough evidence to send the case to trial in District Court.

Defendants can waive their right to a preliminary hearing and go straight to District Court, as Baca did Tuesday.

Law enforcement officials are under court orders not to release information about the case.

Baca is being held in the Eagle County jail on a $50,000 cash bond, or $500,000 surety bond.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or rwyrick@vaildaily.com.


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