Accused Baby-Killer Accepts Plea Deal

Apr 11th @ 12:10 pm in News by Scott Staley

Hailey Rocha

MONTROSE – The man accused of killing his girlfriend’s 14-month-old daughter in September pleaded guilty this morning to negligent child abuse resulting in death.  Daniel Ryan faces 20 years in prison and five years parole. He is scheduled to be sentenced June 13th at 3:30p.

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Ryan appears in court. A Montrose man suspected of murdering his ex-girlfriend’s baby is discussing a possible plea deal in his case. Daniel Ryan appeared briefly in court yesterday and waived his right to a preliminary hearing in order to consider a plea agreement. The 23-year-old is charged with first-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death in the September 11, 2010 death of 14-month-old Hailey Rocha. Last week Rocha’s family told the Daily Press that the DA’s office would offer Ryan a 20-year prison sentence in exchange for a guilty plea. The family is outraged. Ryan appears back in court February 22nd.
Source: Daily Press (Posted 5:43a January 25, 2011)

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Possible plea deal upsets family. The family of a murdered infant girl in Montrose is distraught after learning that the man allegedly responsible for her death could receive a plea deal that would put him behind bars for 20 years. Fourteen-month-old Hailey Rocha died September 11, 2010 under the care of Daniel Ryan, the then-boyfriend of Pamela Barnes. Barnes’ family tells the Daily Press they learned of the possible plea deal last week. The 23-year-old is charged with first-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death. He is accused of inflicting blunt-force trauma on Hailey.  Ryan is schedule to show up in court February 2nd.
Source: Daily Press (Posted 5:48a January 20, 2011)

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Baby’s death wasn’t an accident. The death of a toddler that was pronounced dead at Delta County Memorial Hospital November 27th is being ruled a homicide. Two-year-old Jesse Dorsch sustained blunt-force trauma that led to a fatal internal hemorrhage. The Daily Press says authorities won’t say if they have a suspect in mind or any persons of interest in the case, and also won’t say who the child was last seen with. This is the second child homicide in the Delta area in the past two years.

Yesterday, Colorado was named one of the worst states for abuse and neglect deaths of children by the National Coalition to End Child Abuse Deaths (2.65 deaths for every 100,000 children-in Colorado). Colorado ranks 12th with Florida in the lead.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says the most frequent child-abuse fatalities are children four and younger. Case in point, these cases continue in the 7th Judicial District alone: 2008, Cady Beck (5-months-old, Delta) died of blunt-force head trauma. Her father Daven Beck, is charged with murder and has pleaded not guilty. His defense contends Cady suffered for cortical vein thrombosis. Beck is set for trial in February. April 2010, Christian Wentz (1-year-old, Somerset) died of blunt-force trauma that lacerated his liver. His father, Edward Geavanni Cox, is charged with murder and is due in court in Gunnison tomorrow. September 2010, Hailey Rocha (14-months-old, Montrose) died of blunt-force trauma. Her mother’s boyfriend (at the time), Daniel Ryan, is charged with first-degree murder and child abuse result in death. Ryan appears back in court February 2nd. Jesse Dorsch’s death makes the fourth homicide of a child under four.

Little Jesse’s case remains under investigation.
Source: Daily Press (Posted 5:49a December 15, 2010)

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Case continued. The Montrose man accused of killing his girlfriend’s baby daughter in September appeared in court yesterday. The Daily Press reports that the case was continued to November 29th in order for Daniel Ryan’s attorney to review evidence. Hailey Rocha died of blunt force trauma September 11th under the care of Ryan. He’s being charged with first degree murder and child abuse resulting in death.
Source: Daily Press (Posted 5:50a November 2, 2010)

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The Montrose man accused of killing his girlfriend’s baby daughter appeared in court yesterday. Daniel Ryan was formally charged with 1st-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death. Ryan was originally charged with 2nd-degree murder. The Montrose County Coroner says 14-month-old Hailey Rocha died of blunt force trauma last month under the care of Ryan while her mother worked. Ryan will be back in court on November 1st. (Posted 5:52a October 5, 2010)

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Daniel Ryan appears in court this morning. Ryan is accused of murdering 14-month-old Hailey Rocha on September 11th while he was watching her as her mother worked. Ryan could face up to 96 years in prison and is currently facing charges on Child Abuse Resulting In Death and 2nd Degree Murder.
(Posted 5:58a September 22, 2010)

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Memorial Service for baby Hailey Rocha underway now at Valley Lawn Funeral Home. Hailey’s 14-months of life were ended tragically under the care of her mother’s boyfriend September 11th. Daniel Ryan appears in court Wednesday. He could face 96 years in prison for 2nd Degree Murder and Child Abuse Resulting in Death. The Montrose County Coroner says Hailey died of blunt force trauma.
(Posted 11:11a September 20, 2010)

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A Montrose man accused of killing his girlfriend’s baby Saturday appeared in court yesterday. Twenty-three-year-old Daniel Ryan kept his head down during the arraignment, while Hailey Rocha’s family and mother, cried throughout the process. Ryan’s bond was upped from $150,000 to $500,000 after a family member asked the judge for the increase for the safety of his sister and family. Ryan is facing charges of Child Abuse Resulting in Death and 2nd Degree Murder. He could spend up to 96 years in prison. The Montrose County Coroner says Rocha died of blunt force trauma. She was 14-months-old.
(Posted 5:50a September 15, 2010)

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Baby Rocha Update::Daniel Ryan appeared in court today for an arraignment. The uncle of 14-month-old Hailey Rocha approached the bench and asked, in between sobs, that Ryan’s bail be raised to $500,000 for the safety of his sister and the rest of the family. The judge agreed and upped the bail. Ryan will be assigned a public defender and is expected back in court at 9:00am Wednesday September 22, 2010. He could face from 16-48 years in prison and up to $1 million dollar fine for each count. Ryan faces charges of Child Abuse Resulting in Death and 2nd Degree Murder in Rocha’s death on Saturday. Friends and family were there in support of Pamela Barnes, mother of Rocha.
(Posted 2:44p)

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Montrose Police have arrested 23-year-old Daniel Ryan in the death of a 1-year-old girl over the weekend. The Montrose County Coroner says that Hailey Rocha died of blunt force trauma and the manner of death is homicide. Rocha died over the weekend apparently under the care of Ryan. He faces charges of 2nd Degree Murder and Child Abuse. He’s being held on a $150,000 bond.

Official Police Press Release:
On September 11, 2010, the Montrose Police Department was dispatched to a business in the 2000 block of South Townsend Avenue on an infant that was not breathing. When Officers arrived CPR was in progress on the infant by an EMT that was at the scene. The victim, Hailey Rocha, age 14 months was transported to Montrose Memorial Hospital by Montrose Fire and EMS and was later pronounced dead at the Montrose Memorial Hospital. The investigation revealed that the victim received injuries that resulted in her death. The investigation also determined that a homicide had occurred. In the evening hours on 9-13-2010, Daniel Lee Ryan, age 23 from Montrose was arrested for the death of the victim Hailey Rocha. Daniel Lee Ryan was incarcerated at the Montrose County Criminal Justice Center where he was booked on Second Degree Homicide (F-2) and Child Abuse Resulting in Death (F- 2). Bail was set at $150,000.
(Posted 11:08a September 14, 2010)

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Montrose County Coroner Dr. Thomas Canfield is investigating the death of a 14-month-old girl. Canfield says Saturday evening Hailey L. Rocha was pronounced dead at the Montrose Memorial Hospital in the Emergency Room. Both Canfield’s Office and the Montrose Police are looking into her death. The cause and manner of her death are pending the results of that investigation and a forensic autopsy.  An unattended death of a year old girl was listed in the Montrose Police blotter as having happened in the 600 block of Cascade Avenue in Montrose.
Source: News Release  (Posted 4:02p by Jim Kapp September 13, 2010)