Mom, boyfriend plead not guilty in death of girl

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Posted: Jan 02, 2015 8:31 PM
Mom, boyfriend plead not guilty in death of girl

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The mother of a 2-year-old girl who died last month at a coastal Oregon home has been indicted and jailed in connection with the girl's death.

Officers arrested Dorothy Wing, 24, of Seaside this week on charges of murder by abuse, manslaughter and criminal mistreatment. Her live-in boyfriend, Randy Lee Roden, 26, was previously arrested on an aggravated murder charge.

The pair appeared in court Friday via video and pleaded not guilty, the Daily Astorian reported. They remain in jail without bail.

Evangelina Wing would have turned 3 in January. An autopsy showed she died of blunt-force trauma.

The indictment says Wing caused her daughter's death by neglect and maltreatment. It says she left Evangelina alone with Roden for a period of time likely to endanger the girl's health and withheld needed medical attention from Evangelina and her other two children.

Emergency crews responded five days before Christmas to a 911 call that Evangelina was not breathing, but she was dead when they arrived. Police have not said who placed the call or if a weapon was used to kill the girl.

Roden is also charged with several counts of sex abuse, unlawful sexual penetration, assault and criminal mistreatment. The indictment states Roden engaged in a "pattern and practice" of assault against Evangelina starting around Oct. 31 and injured Wing's two sons — a 5-year-old and a 2-year-old born 10 months after Evangelina.

Roden was arrested in 2012 in a domestic violence case involving a different woman, records show. He was charged with crimes such as sex abuse, strangulation, kidnapping and unlawful sexual penetration before ultimately pleading no contest to coercion and serving about 10 months in prison. He was released in January 2014.

Authorities say he violated his probation by changing residence — and living with Wing — without permission from the Department of Corrections.

Roden appears to have moved in during autumn. In June, Dorothy Wing successfully filed for a restraining order against her husband, Robin Wing. She wrote in the request that her husband returned home drunk, made accusations and then strangled her to prevent her from screaming for help.

Seaside police were called to the Wing home Aug. 17 after the couple got into fight. The police report states Dorothy looked at her husband's phone and saw text messages sent to his ex-wife.

"Dorothy also told me she knew she was violating the restraining order by letting Robin live with her and their children," the officer wrote.

Robin Wing's legal problems continued Dec. 1, when a judge sentenced him to prison for assault and a probation violation. His earliest release date is in September 2017, according to the Corrections Department.