A Sandy man has been ordered to stand trial for the death of an 8-month-old in West Valley City death who was found to have a sedative in her system.
Gene Richins, 31, is charged in 3rd District Court with first-degree felony child abuse homicide.
Following a preliminary hearing on Wednesday, Richins was ordered to stand trial on the charge.
Richins was caring for his girlfriend's infant daughter throughout the night before the girlfriend awoke the morning of Aug. 9 to find the child had died in her playpen, according to court documents.
The infant, identified as K.S. initially was found to have died from positional asphyxia while she was lying face-down in the playpen, police wrote. But after lab work was conducted, medical examiners determined that she could not shift her position because she was intoxicated on Trazodone, a prescription anti-depressant with sleep-inducing effects, which her mother took.