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Pending pathologist report delays trial for murder of infant

Sarah Gumm

Sarah Gumm

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Updated: December 21, 2013 6:27AM

A pathologist’s report commissioned by the defense is still pending and is one of the causes for ongoing pretrial delays in the first-degree murder trial of 34-year-old Waukegan resident Sara Gumm, charged with killing a three-month-old child in the summer of 2012.

For the second time in two months, defense attorney Jed Stone told the court he is still awaiting a report from pathologist Nancy Jones on the cause of death of Rylan Aislee Koopmeiners of Kenosha, Wis.

Judge Victoria Rossetti on Tuesday set the next pretrial hearing on the case for Dec. 9.

Stone said after Tuesday’s hearing that “I’m not convinced the state got the cause of death right, and that’s the whole case.”

Gumm pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and aggravated battery at her arraignment last fall. She has remained in Lake County Jail since her arrest with bond set at $3 million.

She is accused of slamming Koopmeiners down on a table, according to Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Eric Kalata. Gumm had been caring for the Kenosha, Wis., child for six weeks in her Waukegan home before the baby died of blunt force trauma July 27, 2012, according to officials.

Police said that Gumm admitted she was responsible for the infant’s injuries.

According to the Lake County Coroner’s Office, the baby died of a skull fracture and cranial hemorrhaging due to blunt force head trauma.

Emergency personnel responded to Gumm’s residence in Waukegan on the day of Koopmeiners’ death and found the baby unresponsive. The infant was transported to Vista Medical Center East, Waukegan, where she was pronounced dead at 5:10 p.m.

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