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.