Father arrested, charged in death of infant daughter

Father arrested, charged in death of infant daughter by M. Jill Sundstrom Daren Olson, 23, Vermillion, was arrested Oct. 14 in connection with the death of his 5-month-old daughter, Jordyn.

The baby died Oct. 11 at Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls.

�He (Olson) was arrested Friday morning before the baby�s funeral,� said Clay County Sheriff Dusty Passick. �He was immediately arraigned and was remanded to the custody of the sheriff�s department.�

Jordyn�s mother, Maria, is a Vermillion police officer. She is not a suspect in the case.

Daren Olson, who had been an officer for USD Public Safety, has been charged with two counts: 1) murder in the second degree, a Class B felony, and 2) manslaughter in the first degree, a Class 1 felony. He waived his right to a preliminary hearing and pleaded not guilty Oct. 15. He was later released on a $25,000 bond and is under house arrest at his father�s home in Britton.

A motion made by Olson�s attorney, Sidney B. Strange of Sioux Falls, has been granted by Judge Arthur Rusch to �prohibit the prosecution and defense counsel from discussing any aspect of the prosecution of this matter with representatives of the media or with persons who have contacts with media while this case is at issue.�

According to court documents, Strange�s reasons for the gag order include:

? The issues in the ? criminal proceeding are sensitive and involve the alleged homicide of an infant child.

? In all likelihood, the defendant will request a trial by jury in Clay County. Since the pool of potential jurors in Clay County is somewhat limited, it would be in the best interests of the prosecution and the defendant to limit the amount of off the record information released to the media prior to trial.

? If the attorneys for the parties in this matter are restricted ? from discussing any of the issues of this matter with the media, the likelihood of both sides receiving a fair and impartial trial is greatly enhanced.

Assistant Attorney General Gay Tollefson will prosecute the case.

�I will assist, but I�m too close to the case to be the lead prosecutor,� said Clay County State�s Attorney Tami Bern. �I have had a professional association with the defendant and his wife.�

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