Friday, October 31, 2014

Trial in wandering child case delayed

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer | 1/31/2014

The bench trial for a 28-year-old Ottawa man whose 2-year-old son was found wandering in the street last summer has been set for 10 a.m. Friday. Justin Vogeler faces one misdemeanor count of endangering a child.

The trial was set to take place Thursday afternoon in Franklin County District Court, 301 S. Main St., Ottawa, but Garrett Relph, an assistant county attorney with the Franklin County Attorney’s Office, asked for a continuance Thursday because he said the lead prosecutor in the case was ill. Bryan Hastert, Vogeler’s defense attorney, said he had no objection to the prosecutor’s request. District Magistrate Judge Kevin Kimball granted the continuance and set the bench trial for Friday.

The bench trial for a 28-year-old Ottawa man whose 2-year-old son was found wandering in the street last summer has been set for 10 a.m. Friday. Justin Vogeler faces one misdemeanor count of endangering a child.

The trial was set to take place Thursday afternoon in Franklin County District Court, 301 S. Main St., Ottawa, but Garrett Relph, an assistant county attorney with the Franklin County Attorney’s Office, asked for a continuance Thursday because he said the lead prosecutor in the case was ill. Bryan Hastert, Vogeler’s defense attorney, said he had no objection to the prosecutor’s request. District Magistrate Judge Kevin Kimball granted the continuance and set the bench trial for Friday.

Vogeler, who pleaded not guilty to the child endangerment charge in mid-August, is free on bond awaiting his trial.

Ottawa police arrested Vogeler July 24 after a resident found Vogeler’s toddler about 10:30 a.m. that day at the intersection of East Fifth and South Mulberry streets in Ottawa, police said. Police determined the child had walked away from a house in the 500 block of South Sycamore Street — about a block from where the child was located, police said.

Vogeler’s adult roommate was in the home and asleep when the child wandered off, Capt. Adam Weingartner, with the Ottawa Police Department, said at the time of the incident in July. The roommate was unaware the child and a 6-month-old infant boy were at the residence and did not know one of the children had left, Weingartner said. The roommate is not considered a suspect in the case, police said.

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