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Motion denied to reduce bond of LaGrange man charged in toddler's death

Marcus Mays
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Mar. 8, 2019 4:20 pm Updated: Mar. 8, 2019 4:30 pm

MONTICELLO, Mo. -- A motion to reduce the bond for a LaGrange man charged in the August 2018 death of a toddler has been denied.

Court records show that Judge Russell Steele denied the motion filed by Marcus Mays' attorney, Public Defender Todd Schulze, on Thursday in Lewis County Circuit Court.

His bond remains at $1 million.

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 reportedly told police during an interview 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.

The case is set to be tried over four days starting Oct. 28.

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

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