Niemerg Trial Again Delayed

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Published on October 3 2012 2:33 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

The trial of a rural Dieterich woman on a charge of aggravated battery of a child has been continued to after the first of the year.

24-year-old Kelci Niemerg is accused of using excessive force when she placed a then nine-month-old boy in a playpen at her home in May 2011, resulting in injuries to the child.

The delay was sought by Effingham County State's Attorney Ed Deters, who said he received a 23-page report from the defense's expert at the end of August, and has not been able to locate an expert for the State.

Deters said, "I am deeply disappointed that the case won't get to trial in November."  Deters, who is not seeking re-election, will leave office at the end of November.  He said, "I will offer to the new State's Attorney whatever I can do to help with the case."

The case is rescheduled for a status hearing on January 7, when a new trial date could be set.