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March 27, 2014

Foster mom bound over in child’s death

TAHLEQUAH — Associate District Judge Mark Dobbins on Wednesday bound over a foster mother accused of killing a 2-year-old girl in December.

Delila Pacheco, 47, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Alysa Horney. She is expected to be formally arraigned May 8 at 1:30 p.m.

Dobbins found probable cause during Pacheco’s preliminary hearing Wednesday. First Assistant District Attorney Jack Thorp called Sheriff’s Investigator Sgt. Casey Baker and Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Dale Fine, as well as Pacheco’s husband, to testify.

“We put on just a small part of the case,” Thorp said. “It was all about the child’s condition, and who were the individuals who had access to the child during this specific period of time.”

A representative from the state’s office of the medical examiner is expected to be a key witness for the state when the case goes to trial, but that individual did not testify during the preliminary hearing.

Thorp said the state plans to call several more witnesses when a jury is seated.

“[The child’s] injuries were pretty significant,” Thorp said.

Pacheco was jailed in December after sheriff’s deputies were called to her Woodall home and found Alysa unresponsive.

Initial findings from the ME reported the toddler had suffered some sort of blunt-force trauma that resulted in a lacerated liver.

Alysa and her sister had been living with Pacheco, a relative, for several months while their mother was going through rehabilitation.

Pacheco has pleaded not guilty.

jnewton@tahlequahdailypress.com

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