Attorney seeks to keep 17-year-old accused of child homicide in juvenile detention

SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) - The attorney for a 17-year-old accused of child homicide wants to keep him in juvenile detention for as long as possible.

Isaiah Weaver was charged as an adult in the death of a 21-month-old toddler that he was babysitting.  He has been confined to juvenile detention since his arrest.

"This is a very important motion because it has to do with where Mr. Weaver has to be," said his attorney Michael Sikora. 

Sikora was in court Monday and asked the judge to hear his motion that will keep him in juvenile detention for the next eight months.  Sikora said that's when he will turn 18 and be considered an adult.

Last week, Weaver's mother defended her son and said he's never been in trouble before.

"It was just an accident," said Charita Weaver after last week's court hearing.  "We've got to go from there.  He's a good kid.  He don't hurt no baby.  He's got too many nieces and nephews that he loves.  He plays with kids all the time.

The prosecution did not object to Sikora's request to delay the hearing until later this month.  Sikora said he wants to bring in witnesses who will testify to his character.

"The one thing we want to have is to have an opportunity to be able to present evidence on Mr. Weaver's behalf," his attorney said.

The judge set February 26th for a hearing on the motion.  Meanwhile will remain in juvenile detention.

The toddler's mother, Gina Sanchez was also charged with child abuse.  Prosecutors claimed she failed to report the injuries.

If you suspect child abuse or neglect contact the DCFS 24/7 hotline: 855-323-3127. For more information, visit dcfs.utah.gov.

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