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Trial Postponed for Father Accused of Killing Son in Cedar Falls
WATERLOO, Iowa - The trial for a man accused of abusing and killing his son has been postponed.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that Daniel "DJ" Reddout had been scheduled to go before a jury on first-degree murder and child endangerment charges last week, but the trial was delayed until Sept. 27 to allow more time to prepare.
Reddout, 23, of Waterloo, remains at the Black Hawk County Jail with bond set at $1 million.
Authorities said Reddout was looking after 18-month-old Kaleb Ryan Reddout April 4 at a University Avenue motel in Cedar Falls when the child was found unresponsive.
The boy later died, and police said Reddout told them he blocked the child's airway so it would sleep. He was arrested in May following an autopsy.
Murder carries a mandatory life sentence without parole under Iowa law, and the two child endangerment charges are punishable by up to 50 years in prison each.
Reddout has pleaded not guilty to the charges.