Police & Courts

October trial set for LaGrange man charged in toddler's death

Marcus Mays
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jan. 10, 2019 5:30 pm Updated: Jan. 10, 2019 5:37 pm

MONTICELLO, Mo. -- The trial of a LaGrange man charged in the August death of a toddler will likely be held in Adair County.

Court records show that during a hearing Thursday in Lewis County Circuit Court, Judge Russell Steele set the case of Marcus A. Mays to be tried over four days starting Oct. 28.

Mays' attorney, Public Defender Todd Schulze, filed a motion last month for a change of venue, but Steele deferred the motion until closer to the trial date, though in his order he said he intends to transfer the venue to Adair County.

Mays, 35, is charged with second-degree murder, abuse or neglect of a child resulting in death, endangering the welfare of a child involving drugs, and possession of a controlled substance in the Aug. 21 death of 2-year-old Taylen Allen.

Taylen died Aug. 21 at St. Louis Children's Hospital. An autopsy found that she died from a closed-head injury.

Mays allegedly told police that he was angry with the girl, who was in his care, because she soiled her pants. He reportedly pushed her into a toilet and struck her on the buttocks with a belt and struck her in the head with the back of his hand numerous times, causing head injuries.

Taylen was taken to Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Ill., on Aug. 17 and later transferred to St. Louis.

Mays pleaded not guilty to the charges on Dec. 6.

He continues to be held in the Lewis County Jail on $1 million bond.

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