Mother, daughter accused in death of Mineral Point 13-year-old assigned $250,000 signature bond

Mother, daughter accused in death of Mineral Point 13-year-old assigned $250,000 signature bond

The two women accused in the death of a 13-year-old girl in Mineral Point were assigned $250,000 signature bonds in court Tuesday.

Laurie Barry, 50, and her daughter Alexis Barry, 27, were in Iowa County Court Tuesday for their initial appearances. Both are being charged with first-degree reckless homicide as a party to a crime for the May 31, 2018, death of Selah Kaden.

A forensic pathologist determined Selah died from homicidal smothering/suffocation and blunt force patterned beating, according to the criminal complaint. He believes more than one perpetrator was likely involved in causing her death, and that she was dead before it was reported to authorities.

According to the criminal complaint, David and Lisa Kaden, Selah’s adoptive parents, paid the Barry family to care for Selah for the summer. Alexis Barry said during that time Selah would often pretend to faint. She said this is what they thought had happened on the day of Selah’s death.

An emergency room doctor told investigators he believed Selah had been dead for at least a few hours before it was called in. An EMT said the Barrys’ reactions were suspicious because they “did not show much urgency or concern for what was happening with the patient.”

The signature bond stipulates that they will not be in possession of any dangerous weapons or have contact with the Kaden family.

Laurie and Alexis Barry each face a maximum of 60 years in prison, if convicted. Both women will be in court again in September for a motion hearing. The preliminary hearing will start in October.

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