Trial for accused toddler killer begins

Jesse York (Photo: Montgomery County Jail)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The trial of a man accused of killing a toddler began Tuesday afternoon.

Prosecutors say Jesse York killed 22-month-old Rylee Sellars in Germantown in November 2013. Investigators say Rylee died from blunt force trauma to the head.

York was taken into custody in January of 2014. He was indicted for murder in August of 2014.

The 32-year-old man is Rylee’s mother’s ex-boyfriend. He was babysitting the child while her mother was at work.

In the courtroom on Tuesday an attorney with the state called what happened to Rylee a “horrible, brutal death of an innocent little girl.”

Rylee did not die immediately.

She was on life support for two days before dying at Dayton Children’s Hospital.

In the courtroom on Tuesday the state and defense made note that York was the only person with Rylee the day she was taken to the hospital.

Both sides have medical experts lined up to testify later this week.

The state is accusing York of brutally beating Rylee while York’s defense team claims she died from a “significant preexisting head injury.”

The only person to testify on Tuesday was a forensic pathologist who said Rylee likely died from multiple punches to the head.

York’s trial is expected to last several days.

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