Judge seals prelim case involving death of toddler

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (KGWN) - Twenty-four year old John Barrett is facing two counts of child abuse and one count of first-degree sexual assault of a minor.

This is in connection with the abuse and death of a two-year-old boy last May.

Investigators say Barrett was watching the boy when his mother was out...when they were called to the hospital to see the child's severe bruises. The child died the next day.

During a hearing this morning, Judge Robert Castor set Barrett's preliminary hearing for next Wednesday, but is also sealing it...meaning we won't be able to attend.

This comes after the public defender says this case deserves public closure due to what she terms the media's "inflammatory view," which could influence Barrett's case.

In defense of an open case, Greg Hacker, representing APG Media, says the defenders reasoning is based on speculation. There's a difference between media and social media...and the media has a right to constitutional report on stories.

With Judge Denise Nau stepping aside from the case for unknown reasons, Judge Castor determined the Circuit Court preliminary hearing should be closed until it reaches District Court.