New details in Mountain Home toddler's death

Credit: Ada County Jail

Richard Laubach, 20, of Mountain Home

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by Karen Zatkulak

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Posted on March 13, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 14 at 12:10 PM

BOISE -- As the investigation continues into the death of a 22-month-old boy, KTVB is learning new information about the suspect in the case.

Richard Laubach has been charged with felony injury to a child. He was arrested in Ada County on Tuesday.

A check into the Idaho Repository shows that 20-year-old Laubach had a similar charge filed against him in 2012.

State records indicate a man named Richard Laubach of Mountain Home, who's also 20-years-old, was charged with misdemeanor injury to a child just eight months ago in August of 2012.

Records also show Laubach was charged with misdemeanor battery-domestic violence in the same case.

The charges were eventually dismissed by an Elmore County judge in December.

We've learned the charges were dismissed because Laubach took part in several classes.  Those included anger management, parenting, and parenting support.  He also attended a safety seminar and two sessions of marriage counseling.

On Tuesday, Mountain Home Police told KTVB they got a call involving a 22-month-old boy that was injured and unresponsive.

We're told he was taken to a Boise hospital, and died on Wednesday.

Coroner Erwin Sonnenberg says the 22-month-old boy appears to have died from trauma-related injuries. His name has not been released.

The coroner's office is working with the Mountain Home Police Department, Ada County Sheriff's Office, and both St. Luke's and Saint Alphonsus hospitals in their investigation. The child died at St. Luke's.

Sonnenberg says an autopsy will be performed on the boy after his organs are donated.

"Initially it was thought that the child had possibly fallen somehow. Through additional investigation there was concern that there might be more to it," said Sgt. Rick Viola with the Mountain Home Police Department.

We're told Laubach accompanied the boy to the hospital.  That's where Laubach was arrested Tuesday night around 9 p.m.

In court on Wednesday, Ada County prosecutors said the boy suffered a broken leg, skull fractures, bruises and swelling of the brain.

Laubach was arraigned on the felony charge in Ada County, and has been transported to Elmore County where Mountain Home Police continue to investigate this case.

He is due in court for his arraignment at Thursday at 1 p.m.

Stay with KTVB.COM for more updates.

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