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Assault suspect freed after medical examiner rules 2-year-old’s Northland death to be an accident

Updated: 2013-04-30T21:15:52Z

By GLENN E. RICE

The Kansas City Star

A 25-year-old Northland man accused of assault in connection with the death of a toddler he was baby-sitting was released Tuesday from the Clay County jail after the medical examiner ruled the baby’s death was accidental.

Dallas J. Bogard of Kansas City, North, still faces a first-degree assault charge in the Jan. 27 death of 2-year-old Quentin C. Oliver.

The boy suffered fatal injuries while in a residence in the 1300 block of Northeast 46th Terrace. Bogard told authorities that a bookcase fell on Quentin.

Bogard has a court hearing scheduled for June 4. Clay County Prosecutor Daniel White said his office will re-evaluate the criminal case.

According to court records, Bogard told authorities he heard a thud, went to the boy’s bedroom and found him lying beneath a fallen bookcase.

Quentin suffered a temporal skull fracture with swelling in the brain and upper spine, authorities said.

To reach Glenn E. Rice, call 816-234-4341 or send email to grice@kcstar.com.

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