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Acquitted Watertown man in court on new charges

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Acquitted Watertown man in court on new charges
Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

WATERTOWN (AP) — A Watertown man acquitted of killing his girlfriend's toddler has been arraigned on new child abuse and drug charges.

KXLG-FM reports 26-year-old Jay Barse pleaded not guilty Tuesday.

He's charged with four counts: child abuse involving a victim younger than 7, two counts possession of a controlled substance — methamphetamine and oxycodone — and keeping a place for use or sale of controlled substance.

Barse pleaded not guilty and a trial was scheduled for Jan. 16.

A jury found him not guilty Nov. 4 of second-degree murder and the lesser offenses of first- and second-degree manslaughter for the March death of 14-month-old Serenity Seaboy. She was treated for head trauma but later died.

Serenity was the daughter of Barse's ex-girlfriend, Sherry Scherer. They lived together at the time.

Associated Press