Cedar City mother to stand trial for the death of her 14-month-old daughter

CEDAR CITY – A Cedar City woman facing felony murder in the death of her 14-month-old daughter will stand trial later this year. Fifth District Judge Keith Barnes granted the request for trial Tuesday in the case of Cherokee Dea, who is charged with first-degree murder. She is also facing charges for two counts of child abuse, both second-degree felonies, and child endangerment, a third-degree felony. The 24-year-old pleaded not guilty during a hearing April 24. Dea’s boyfriend Brendan Russell Dalton, 30, has also been charged for the same crime.…

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Judge calls kidnapping incident ‘brutal,’ hands down prison sentence despite attorney’s pleas for leniency

CEDAR CITY – A 5th District judge admonished a Cedar City woman from the stand Tuesday for her involvement in a kidnapping and assault incident, calling the facts of the case “frightening.” Judge Keith Barnes ordered Deanna Hanson to serve one to 15 years for aggravated kidnapping, a first-degree felony. He also handed down concurrent sentences of 0-5 years for possession of heroin and one year for assault. She was sentenced to the Utah State Prison. When asked if she had anything to say to the court before her sentencing,…

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