VAN WERT — A man facing the death penalty in the killing of a 15-month-old boy was given a Sept. 18 trial date Monday.
Christopher M. Peters, 26, has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder, murder, felonious assault, and endangering children in the death of 15-month-old Hayden Ridinger. The child was found dead inside an apartment Nov. 15 at 24249 Lincoln Highway.
Judge Martin Burchfield of Van Wert County Common Pleas Court also scheduled pretrials at 10 a.m. on the following dates: March 6, April 3, May 8, June 5, July 17, Aug. 7, Aug. 14 for a motion hearing, and Aug. 24 and Sept. 8 to consider jury excuses.
Burchfield also granted a defense motion to allow Peters to appear in front of the jury without handcuffs or other restraints. The trial is scheduled for two and a half weeks.
Peters was being held in lieu of $2 million bail.
Few details have been released about the child’s death. The child’s mother found him unresponsive and called 911. Another woman got on the phone call and asked for police officers at the scene saying it was clear the child was dead. The mother said she last checked on her son the day before when he was sick and not eating.
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