Court sets second trial for Twin Falls man charged in infant death

FILE -- Joshua E. Molina takes the stand during his jury trial on March 4, 2020. The jury trial ended with a hung jury. The court scheduled another jury trial on remaining charges for October. (Source: KMVT, file)
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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — A Twin Falls man whose March jury trial, related to the death of an infant, concluded with a hung jury is set to be tried on remaining charges in October.

Joshua E. Molina, 35, was tried in March on charges of first degree murder and four counts of injury to a child related to the 2017 death of 20-month-old Lyryk Altom. The jury found Molina guilty of one felony injury to a child charge and a lesser misdemeanor injury to a child charge.

The courts held a status conference Wednesday morning. It set Molina’s jury trial start date as Oct. 13. Molina will be retried on the remaining first degree murder and two felony injury to a child charges.

Amanda Dunlap, the mother of the girl who died, also faces a first degree murder charge and several injury to a child charges. Her next status conference is scheduled for August.

KMVT covered Molina's multi-week jury trial in March.

The charges stem following the death of the infant girl in October 2017. On Oct. 8, 2017, Lyryk was taken to St Luke's Magic Valley. Twin Falls Police responded for a report of an infant in distress. The child was flown to a Boise hospital but died several days later on the Oct. 14.



 
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