The man charged with two counts of child endangerment in the case involving the death of Sara Ann Lathem’s baby, case has been bound over to the next Jefferson County grand jury. Lindsey Mayle made his first appearance in Jefferson County court in front of Judge Michael C. Bednar, who found there to be sufficient evidence for his case to be heard by the grand jury. He also continued Mayle’s $250,000 bond.
The court room was filled with family and friends of both Mayle as well as the deceased 5-month-old. Prosecutor Jane Hanlin says, while this case, is now exactly one year old, it’s still as tragic as ever.
“I don’t think anybody that ever saw the photographs of the bruises, to his face, to his trunk, to his groin area is ever going to forget that, so it’s as shocking as it is now,” said Hanlin. “We still believe that Sara Lathem committed a terrible crime in turning the child over to this man, and as it stands now, we believe that this is the man that inflicted the injuries that ultimately caused his death.”
A former detective on the case gave testimony Monday that said Mayle’s testimony from one year ago and his most recent interview before his arrest on January 25, is inconsistent. He said one year ago, Mayle denied hurting the child at all, but only saw a few bruises on the infant when his mother dropped him off on February 1, 2015. In his new interview, the former detective said Mayle stated the baby “may have” rolled off of the bed onto some exercise equipment, and Mayle “may have” stepped on him in his haste to pick him up, as well as he “may have” slammed the child down too hard in his car seat. Mayle’s public defender Steve Stickles says he maintains his innocence.
“His position is still the same: that he did not cause the unfortunate death of that baby. He is very very sad about the outcome and about what happened to that child, so he feels he has not changed his story at all,” Stickles added.
This case has played out in the courtroom with the charges on Sara Ann Lathem, her sentencing, and now this case, which has many people in the community on social media speaking out. The above video is Stickles response to the social media element to this case.