A judge set the bond for a man charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of his girlfriend’s 17-month-old son at $1 million.
Crystal Laurel and Dustin Rybak are both charged with child endangering and tampering with evidence in the death of Laurel’s son, Takota Hasty. Laurel faces an additional charge of permitting child abuse, which is also a felony.
The Montgomery County Coroner’s office said Hasty’s death has officially been ruled as a homicide. He died of blunt force trauma to the head.
The boy was taken off life support at Dayton Children’s Medical Center late Monday afternoon and died at 4:41 p.m.
Laurel and Rybak, both 25, are in the Montgomery County Jail. Rybak is not the child’s father.
Authorities responded to the hospital at about 6 a.m. Sunday regarding the child, who reportedly had multiple injuries. The sheriff’s office said he was taken to the hospital by his mother and her live-in boyfriend.
The child had burns “all over” his body, according to the father, Justin Hasty. He told News Center 7’s John Bedell he last saw Takota about 10 days ago and at that time he was fine.
He said Takota also had broken bones and bleeding on the brain.
A Facebook page called “Prayers for Takota” has been set up for anyone to leave their condolences. The page features photos of the boy hooked up to medical equipment.
The aunt of Takota said the family is setting up a memorial fund at Wright Patt Credit Union, 105 Dayton Ave, 45404-1280, in his name. The money will go toward covering funeral expenses and the care of Takota’s brother.