TWIN FALLS — An entry of plea has been pushed back for a Jerome man charged in the 2017 murder of his girlfriend’s daughter.
Joshua Eric Molina, 33, appeared Monday for an arraignment in Twin Falls County District Court following a grand jury indictment May 23. He’s scheduled to enter a plea July 30.
He was arrested in March and charged in the death of 20-month-old Lyryk Jean Altom. He’s charged with four felony counts of injury to a child and felony first-degree murder.
Molina was the boyfriend of the child’s mother, Amanda Dunlap, according to court documents. Dunlap was arrested shortly after Lyryk’s death in October on charges of first-degree murder, eight felony counts of injury to a child and one misdemeanor count of injury to a child.
Recent police interviews with Dunlap and a review of text messages on her phone revealed that she had previously lied to law enforcement about Molina’s relationship with Lyryk, according to court documents.
Photos and texts suggest that Molina, who told police at the time of Lyryk’s death that he was not really involved in the medical care of the baby, may have physically abused the infant over a period of several months.