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Posted: 5:08 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Mom, boyfriend charged in toddler’s death

Crystal Laurel and Dustin Rybak
Crystal Laurel and Dustin Rybak


Mother, boyfriend arrested in toddler’s death photo
Montgomery County Jail
Dustin Rybak
Mother, boyfriend arrested in toddler’s death photo
Takota Hasty (Contributed)
Mother, boyfriend arrested in toddler’s death photo
Montgomery County Jail
Crystal Laurel

By Breaking News Staff


The Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office on Tuesday afternoon has charged a woman and her boyfriend with several felonies, including involuntary manslaughter, in the death of her 17-month-old son.

Crystal Laurel and Dustin Rybak are both charged with child endangering and tampering with evidence in the death of Takota Hasty. Laurel faces an additional charge of permitting child abuse, which is a felony also.

The boy was taken off life support at Dayton Children’s Medical Center late Monday afternoon and died there.

Laurel and Rybak, both 25, are in the Montgomery County Jail. Rybak is not the child’s father.

Authorities responded to the hospital at about 6 a.m. Sunday regarding the child, who reportedly had multiple injuries. The sheriff’s office said he was taken to the hospital by his mother and her live-in boyfriend.

The child had burns “all over” his body, according to the father, Justin Hasty. He told News Center 7’s John Bedell he last saw Takota about 10 days ago and at that time he was fine.

He said Takota also had broken bones and bleeding on the brain.

A Facebook page called “Prayers for Takota” has been set up for anyone to leave their condolences. The page features photos of the boy hooked up to medical equipment.

The aunt of Takota said the family is setting up a memorial fund at Wright Patt Credit Union, 105 Dayton Ave, 45404-1280, in his name. The money will go toward covering funeral expenses and the care of Takota’s brother.

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