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Mother, daughter ordered to find separate attorneys in reckless homicide case

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Laurie and Alexis Barry

DODGEVILLE (WKOW) -- A mother and daughter charged in connection to the death of a girl in their care will each need to get their own lawyer.

Laurie D. Barry, 50, and her daughter, Alexis E. Barry, 28, of Mineral Point, face the charges in the May 31, 2018, death of the then 13-year-old Selah Kaden.

An Iowa County judge ruled at a hearing Friday afternoon the two must find separate counsel because conflicts of interest could arise. The judge cited plea bargaining as a particular area of concern.

The Iowa County District Attorney's Office waited more than a year, through a change in leadership, before filing charges.

A pair of criminal complaints filed in June 2019 against the two lays out the dueling narratives around Kaden's death.

The Barrys told authorities Kaden had made a habit of throwing herself to the ground for attention. The girl, they said, had a couple of bad falls on the day she died.

A forensic pathologist found evidence in an autopsy of blunt force trauma. However, other signs indicated Kaden suffocated to death. The complaints also said Kaden had "possible restraint marks about both wrists."

The two women are charged with first-degree reckless homicide and will next appear for a status conference on July 10 at 2 p.m.

JT Cestkowski

Social Media Content Producer/Desk Editor

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