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10/12/2013 6:00:00 AM
Judge OKs medical expert in baby's beating death

OTTAWA — An Ottawa man accused of killing his infant son had his trial further postponed Friday so his lawyer can consult with a medical expert.
Raymond A. Fisher Jr., 20, is charged with aggravated battery to a child and involuntary manslaughter. He faces up to 30 years in prison (with no possibility of probation) if convicted of striking 6-month-old Raymond Fisher III in the head and shaking him, causing brain injuries that led to the baby’s death on Aug. 30, 2012.
Friday, Fisher appeared for a status hearing and was expected to receive new trial dates. Instead, assistant public defender Doug Kramarsic asked for another postponement court approval to retain a national expert in pediatric head injuries.
Dr. Peter Cummings is a forensic pathologist and staff medical examiner at Massachusetts Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. A biographical sketch published by the Boston University School of Medicine also indicated Cummings is a researcher investigating the forensic implications of pediatric head trauma.
Without objection from the state, Chief Judge H. Chris Ryan Jr. agreed to a continuance and authorized county funding up to $5,000 for Kramarsic to consult with Cummings.
Fisher will return for another status hearing on Nov. 1. He remains held in La Salle County Jail on $750,000 bond.
Tom Collins can be reached at (815) 220-6930 or

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