Iowan pleads not guilty to killing 13-month-old


March 12th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

PACIFIC JUNCTION, Iowa (AP) – A 22-year-old southwest Iowa man has pleaded not guilty to killing his girlfriend’s 13-month-old daughter.   Online court records say Colby Puckett, of Pacific Junction, has been charged with first-degree murder. He’s accused of fatally injuring Aliyanna May in February while he was baby-sitting the little girl and two of her siblings.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says the girl suffered extensive injuries to her head and eyes. She was found unresponsive Feb. 1 and died at a hospital in Omaha, Neb., the next day.  Puckett is being held at the Mills County Jail. His trial is scheduled to begin on April 23.