A woman and her boyfriend who have been charged in connection with the death of the woman’s 17-month-old son were both given $1 million cash bonds during their Wednesday arraignment hearings.
Crystal Laurel and Dustin Rybak, both 25, were arraigned Wednesday in Vandalia Municipal Court on felony charges of involuntary manslaughter, tampering with evidence and child endangering. Hasty was arraigned on an additional charge of child abuse.
Laurel’s 17-month-old son Takota Hasty of 157 Stafford Ave.in Harrison Twp., was taken off life support at Children’s Medical Center of Dayton on Monday. He was pronounced dead at 4:41 p.m.
The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office determined that the toddler died from blunt force trauma to the head. His death was ruled a homicide.
Law enforcement officials became aware of Hasty after a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy arrived to Children’s shortly after 6 a.m. Sunday on a report of possible child abuse, according to a sheriff’s incident report. Sheriff deputies were then called to the Stafford address.
The sheriff’s office reported earlier this week that the toddler 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 a News Center 7 reporter that he last saw his son about 10 days ago and at that time he was fine.
Justin Hasty said his son also had broken bones and bleeding on the brain.
Laurel and Rybak were both arrested at the sheriff’s office on West Second Street, according to their jail records.
Laurel’s preliminary hearing is set for April 17.
Rybak waived his preliminary hearing, so his case will go to grand jury, according to a municipal court official.
If Laurel and Rybak post bond, they will have to be put on house arrest.
Sheriff records show that the last time Rybak was arrested by deputies was in June. He was wanted on a Dayton Police warrant, according to the sheriff’s office. In August, Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Connie Price ordered that Rybak enter a drug treatment facility in lieu of a conviction after he was caught possessing less than one gram of heroin.
Laurel was arrested by deputies in 2009 on a Huber Heights warrant. In July of 2009, county Municipal Court Judge James Hensley sentenced Laurel, who was living in Huber Heights at the time, to probation and anger management after she received a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge.