Layton man will get hearing in 1-year-old girl's shaking death

Feb 13 2014 - 8:00pm

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Tyler Ryan Geary
Tyler Ryan Geary

FARMINGTON -- The attorney for the man accused of causing the death of his girlfriend's 1-year-old daughter asked the judge for a preliminary hearing.

Tyler Ryan Geary, 25, Layton, is charged with first-degree felony child homicide. If convicted, he could be sentenced to five years to life in the Utah State Prison. He is held in the Davis County Jail in lieu of $300,000 bail.

He appeared in 2nd District Court with his attorney R. Spencer Robinson before Judge Thomas Kay on Thursday.

Kay scheduled the preliminary hearing for 9 a.m. April 9. 

Geary had entered a not guilty plea on Nov. 14, 2013.

The 1-year-old girl, Aliyah Faye Wild, died on Sept. 17, 2013, at Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City. She was flown there on Sept. 10  after her mother and Geary took the child to Davis Hospital early that morning.

According to court documents, the injuries the baby had were "consistent with head trauma inflicted from shaking. Emergency surgery to remove a portion of the skull was required in an effort to reduce the pressure on the brain from swelling."

Geary admitted to police he had shaken Aliyah for about 30 to 40 seconds and then threw her on the bed.

Contact reporter Loretta Park at 801-625-4252 or lpark@standard.net. Follow her on Twitter at @LorettaParkSE. 

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