Pleas set for Feb. 18 in boy’s death

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Jesse Paul

An ar­raign­ment was con­tin­ued Fri­day for a Den­ver mother and her boyfriend ac­cused in the July death of a 23- month- old boy.

Candice Lam­p­ley and Delonta Crank are set to en­ter pleas in the case Feb. 18. The two are ac­cused of first- de­gree mur­der in the killing of Lam­p­ley’s son, Jayvion John­son.

Crank and Lam­p­ley ap­peared briefly in court Fri­day­with their at­tor­neys but did not speak dur­ing their time be­fore a judge.

“There are some in­ves­tiga­tive is­sues we need to ( ad­dress) be­fore we en­ter a plea,” Crank’s pub­lic de­fender told the court.

Jayvion’s death prompted May­orMichael Hancock to call for re­forms in Den­ver’s Hu­man Ser­vices Depart­ment, which at one point had Jayvion in its sys­tem.

In Oc­to­ber, po­lice De­tec­tiveTroy Bis­gard de­scribed in court how the tod­dler was “not breath­ing and cold to the touch” when he was brought to a hos­pi­tal July 8.

Bis­gard in­ter­viewed Crank and Lam­p­ley af­ter Jayvion was pro­nounced dead. An au­topsy found that Jayvion died of blunt force in­juries and burns. But some of Jayvion’s in­juries were old.

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