DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - A Dayton mother and her boyfriend, accused in her baby's death, made their first appearance in court Wednesday.
Crystal Laurel and Dustin Rybak, both 25, appeared by video in Vandalia Municipal Court to hear charges against them.
On Tuesday, Montgomery County prosecutors approved involuntary manslaughter, child endangering and tampering with evidence charges on Laurel and Rybak. Laurel is also facing permitting child abuse.
Laurel did not have counsel, so the judge appointed a public defender and scheduled her to return April 17.
Rybak's attorney waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Both cases will next go to a grand jury. The grand jury will review all evidence in the case.
This case centers around 19-month-old Takota Hasty. Investigators said Laurel and Rybak took Takota to Dayton Children's Medical Center Sunday with multiple severe injuries. The baby was placed on life support and died early Monday evening.
The couple was arrested Sunday.
Takota's father, Justin Hasty, said his son had been beaten and burned. Investigators have not provided further detail on his injuries.
The judge set bail for Laurel and Rybak at $1 million each. Both remain in the Montgomery County Jail.
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