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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - March 24, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana 200 KOKOMO I March 1994 50 cents Shaking trial set A 16 jury trial has been set in Howard Circuit Court for a Kokomo man accused of shaking a 2monthold girl in October The child died as a result of injuries inflicted upon prose cutors David Michael 2529 Armstrong was arraigned Wednesday on Class B felony charges of aggravated battery and neglect of a and a Class C felony charge of reckless Charges of battery and neglect accuse Wallace of violently shak ing infant Shanay Nicole Goff on or about The shak ing resulted in bleeding on the intercranial bleeding and retinal according to the The reckless homi cide charge says the infant died on or about nine days after Wallace allegedly inflicted injuries on An autopsy report lists Goffs cause of death as Whiplash Shaken Baby The manner of the childs death is labeled Prosecutor James Andrews said a number of factors were considered in filing the charges related to the According to reports filed in Circuit Wallace was not the father of who was 2 months and 8 days old at the time of her The infant was identified as the daughter of Wallaces During interviews in Wal lace told Kokomo police that he lived with the her brother and their In a Wallace said that on he was giving the baby a bottle when formula came from her mouth and so he turned the child over on a He is quoted as saying that Goff stopped but then he said the child was He told police that he didnt really know what to soI picked her up and kind of turned her upside down and I shook Wallace said he was not sure how hard he shook the He was also uncertain about how long he might have shaken the When a police officer sug gested a few Wallace according to court In another Wallace said he shook her four or five he said he hadnt violently shaken the In the first Wallace said that when he turned the infant on her she was still gasping for He said the child was real and he used a bulb syringe to clear her nose of mucus ana Wallace told police that he was getting real and picked the baby up in order to show her to his fianceefs who he identi fied as a nursing The woman said the child was nt breathing and told Wallace to dial The residence didnt have a so another resi dent of the home had to leave the property and use a pay Wallace also told police that he administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation as he waited for an ambulance to Police reports said Goff was taken to Saint Joseph Hospital Health where a physician said the child was not breathing when she came into the emer gency Physicians said they found no signs of injury on the childs The possibility of Shaken Baby Syndrome arose when a nurse suggested that physicians check the childs During an a report the doctors found some hemorrhaging behind the Reports said police traveled to the Marion County Coroners Office on to view the autopsy of Shanay During a discussion of the a patholo gist said that based on medical evidence showed signs of the shaking baby and he was going to rule this case as a child abuse A patient history from Indiana University Hospitals said Goff was admitted on for pulmonary arrest secondary to suspected shaken infant syn She was declared brain dead the night of 20 via the brain death which was repeated the following The history said the baby was main tained on ventilator support until this was withdrawn on Bands in Review Josh Davis plays the recorder along with more than 600 other fourthgraders during practice in Kokomo High Schools Memorial Gym for the annual Bands in Review con The program takes place at tonight with the recorder students and more than 600 fifthgrade to 12thgrade Kokomo Center instrumental Admission is Kokomos Jazz Band will begin per forming at while audience mem bers file Tribune photo by Tim Bath Mitschelen is sentenced By MIKE PALUCK Tribune staff writer Lyle former assis tant superintendent of support services for KokomoCenter School has been ordered to serve 90 days of inhome deten tion under the terms of a plea bar gain approved today in Howard Circuit Special Judge Douglas Mor ton approved the plea bargain in which Mitschelen pleaded guilty to a Class D felony charge of ghost employment that accused him of receiving money to which he was not entitled in July In pleading 4128 Liberty admitted that he had accepted money that was paid to him beyond his regu lar teaching The plea bargain recommended treating the Class D felony charge of ghost employment as a Class A misdemeanor for Morton suspended a oneyear prison placed Mitsche len on supervised probation for one year and ordered him to serve 90 days of inhome Mitschelen met one condition of the plea bargain earlier this month by resigning from KokomoCenter School He had worked for the corporation for 24 Mitschelen has agreed not to or hold any other position with any school corporation in Howard He also agreed not to hold a position of public Another term of the plea bar gain required Mitschelen to pay in restitution to Koko During an earlier Prosecutor James Andrews said Mitschelen received the funds under a 1990 If Mitschelens casehad gone to information that the was paid to him under contract would have been substantiated by an official from the State Board of Andrews hns The along with restitu tion owed by former superinten dent Larry has been paid to the prosecutor said Although Horner pleaded guilty to a charge of conflict of interest related to the purchase of a boat with Mitschelen and Horner took responsibility for that was paid to Mitschelen and two other school Andrews has A total of paid to Mitschelen was included in the that Horner paid in restitution under the terms of his plea Andrews In addition to the count of ghost Mitschelen was charged with two counts of and single counts of conspiracy to commit theft inducing or causing theft and conflict of inter all Class D He was also charged with three Class A misdemeanor counts of official With the approval of the plea bargain involving the count of ghost the eight other charges were Referring to the charge of ghost Andrews has said that Mitschelen was working under a 240day but that he received payment for 14 holi days under an additional Mitschelen was paid for the holi days in lieu of taking time and there is evidence that he worked the 14 Andrews said when Mitschelens plea bargain was Mitschelen could not be paid for work that he was required to perform under his 240day according to Mitschelen was ordered to pay court costs and probation Inside todays Tribune Local Grissom Redevelopment Authority endorses changing the boundaries for the area reservists will occupy after the active duty Air Force leaves in Page Also inside Classified Dear Local 5 News of Clinton to face tough questions WASHINGTON AP When President Clinton goes before reporters tonight in the East he is sure to face questions about a land deal that has become a big The White House is billing Clin tons EST news confer ence as a forum for him to report on his legislative agenda before Congress begins its Easter recess and he embarks on a Questions about Whitewater are The failure of Arkansas Madi son Guaranty Savings and Loan and the related Whitewater land deal has been the focus of intense media scrutiny and is under investigation by special counsel Congress plans hearings on the subject as At issue is whether funds from Madison were illegally diverted to benefit the Clintons or Questions also have been raised about how much the Clintons invested and Possible questions for Clinton Did the Clintons take White waterrelated income tax deduc tions to which they were not enti tled and did they overstate their losses in claiming they lost on the deal Clinton says the mat ter is under Why wont the Clintons make public their tax returns for 1978 and the years in which their Whitewater investments and Networks carrying conference By The Associated Press President Clintons news conference tonight on White water will be carried live on NBC and The news conference is scheduled for CBS will also offer the NCAA basketball game between Duke Marquette universities to stations in areas are likely to be CBS News spokesman Tom Goodman Those stations can decide what to lucrative investments in cattle futures occurred What was Clintons relation ship to David a former Arkansas municipal judge who has pleaded guilty to fraud involving the operation of his fed erally backed lending Hale claims Clinton encouraged him to make a questionable Small Business Adminis trationguaranteed loan to a McDougal Clinton has called the charge Militant chicken police officers arrest Emily Fujawa Wednesday outside a hotel where about 120 members of the New England Poultry Association were Fujawa was arrested for criminal trespassing after she dressed up as a chicken and refused to leave the hotel AP photo ;