New trial date for child abuse case

An ongoing child abuse case has once again had its trial date pushed back, and is set to begin in 2018, rather than next week as per the original schedule. The case involving Kami Kay Tollefson, 45, has been going through the judicial system for seven years at this point, but due to issues with expert witnesses the judge presiding over the case was forced to delay it even further. The former operator of a Murray day care is facing three counts of child abuse, a second-degree felony, for allegedly abusing three children placed in her care, with ages ranging between 13 and 18 months. Prosecutors say the abuse occurred within a short time span, believed to be less than two years.

The first incident of abuse was reported in 2008, while official charges were filed in 2010. Tollefson was willing to accept a plea deal in 2016 that would have included no jail time, but that was dismissed by the judge after the mothers of three children voiced their objections to the deal.

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