Charges filed against Williams mother in 2017 infant death

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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — The mother of an 8-month-old infant who was found unresponsive in his Williams home in September 2017 and later died has been charged with child abuse by Coconino County Attorney’s Office.

Kayla Amaro, 30, posted bond April 25, 2019 for charges filed December 13, 2018. She pleaded not guilty at the time of arraignment. The next court proceeding in the matter will be a case management conference July 15 before Judge Dan Slayton.

According to Williams Police Department Lieutenant Darrell Hixson, David Deysie, a Williams resident, brought his infant son, Zane Deysie, to Life Line Ambulance in Williams Sept. 14, 2017 with serious injuries.

Paramedics delivered the infant to Flagstaff Medical Center, which then flew the child to Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Phoenix Children’s Hospital contacted the police department late Sept. 14 and advised them the infant had life threatening injuries that appeared to be nonaccidental.

The child died Sept. 15, 2017.

Officers interviewed Kayla Amaro, other family members, neighbors and anyone who had been in contact with the infant at that time.

David Deysie was arrested and initially charged with one count of second-degree murder and two counts of causing a child or vulnerable adult to suffer physical injury. The charges were later changed to one count of child abuse, a class 2 felony.

The Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS) began an investigation, along with Williams Police Department, into the death of Zane Deysie which was completed Jan. 26, 2018.

According to a Feb. 21, 2018 report, investigators substantiated an allegation of neglect against Amaro because Zane sustained the injuries while in her care.

DCS had prior history with Amaro as detailed in the report.

On Jan. 25, 2017, DCS received a report alleging neglect to Zane because of substance abuse by Amaro. DCS investigated and the allegations were unsubstantiated. The department provided the family with information on services available in the community and the case was closed.

On July 26, 2014, DCS received a report alleging neglect to Zane’s two half-siblings because of substance abuse by Amaro. The allegations were unsubstantiated. DCS offered the family services, but they declined and the case was closed.

On April 2, 2010, DCS received a report alleging physical abuse to a half-sibling by Amaro, The allegation was unsubstantiated because of a lack of evidence and the case was closed.

DCS said David Deysie had no prior history with the department.

According to DCS, the remaining children in the home were assessed for safety and the two half-siblings were safe with their other parent. The victim’s sibling was removed and placed with relatives. A tribal court has taken over jurisdiction in the dependency case.

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