Watertown man acquitted in child's death faces new charges



     WATERTOWN, S.D. (AP) - A Watertown man acquitted of killing his girlfriend's toddler has been arraigned on new child abuse and drug charges.
 
     Twenty-six-year-old Jay Barse pleaded not guilty Tuesday. 
 
     He's charged with four counts: child abuse involving a victim younger than 7, two counts possession of a controlled substance - methamphetamine and oxycodone - and keeping a place for use or sale of controlled substance.
 
     Barse pleaded not guilty and a trial was scheduled for Jan. 16.
 
     A jury found him not guilty Nov. 4 of second-degree murder and the lesser offenses of first- and second-degree manslaughter for the March death of 14-month-old Serenity Seaboy. She was treated for head trauma but later died.
 
     Serenity was the daughter of Barse's ex-girlfriend, Sherry Scherer. They lived together at the time. 

     
 AP-WF-11-20-13

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People : Jay BarseSerenity SeaboySherry Scherer
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