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Juneau man charged in death of 4-month-old Rian Orr

Arrest comes nearly a year after child dies from possible abuse injuries

Posted: July 8, 2011 - 4:57pm

A Juneau man has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the August 2010 death of 4-month-old Rian Orr.

David Paul, 22, was arrested at approximately 1:45 p.m. Friday after a warrant was issued that morning.

“We did get a grand jury return,” Assistant District Attorney Angie Kemp said. She said Paul faces counts of murder and manslaughter

“With respect to the case we will take the normal course and proceed from there,” she said.

The state will now proceed with prosecution and it is expected that Paul will be arraigned in Juneau Superior Court on Monday.

Rian Orr died on Aug. 15, 2010 at Harbor View Medical Center in Seattle from injuries suffered Aug. 9.

The Juneau Police Department originally received a report on Aug. 9 from the Office of Children’s Services (OCS) suspecting child abuse. OCS had been notified by medical staff that a 4-month-old girl had been taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital with injuries.

JPD officers contacted medical staff at Bartlett and learned Orr had both new and old injuries that required medical attention. Orr was medevaced to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment.

JPD investigators Elias Joven and Kim Horn interviewed Orr’s 20-year-old mother, a Juneau resident, and her 21-year-old boyfriend at Bartlett and then later flew to Seattle to interview them again. Horn confirmed David Paul was that boyfriend.

Then Juneau District Attorney Doug Gardner stated, “No case is given a higher standard for professionalism over another. But, as human beings, we always pay special attention to these types of cases and I think they strike home for a lot of people.”

JPD sergeant Dave Campbell said at the time, “We are treating the case as a murder investigation.”

• Contact reporter Klas Stolpe at 523-2263 or at klas.stolpe@juneauempire.com.

 

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