TWIN FALLS — The preliminary hearing for a woman charged with the murder of her 20-month-old daughter has been delayed.

Amanda Jean Dunlap, 22, of Twin Falls was scheduled to come before Magistrate Judge Thomas Kershaw on Friday. She’s charged with first-degree murder, eight felony counts of injury to a child and one misdemeanor count of injury to a child in the Oct. 14 death of Lyryk Jean Altom.

“The defense wanted to have more time, so they asked for a continuance,” Prosecuting Attorney Grant Loebs said. “I never object to them asking for more time.”

A new date for the hearing has not been set, but the prelim will probably take place in the next three to six weeks. At a preliminary hearing the prosecutor is tasked with showing they have enough evidence to take the case to trial.

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A call to the public defender’s office has not been returned.

According to a police statement issued Oct. 21, the baby was life-flighted to Boise after police responded to a call about a child in distress Oct. 8. She died about a week later.

The baby’s father, Logan Altom, previously told the Times-News that his daughter had a brain injury that led to her death.


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