The trial call for a man who faces two charges of first-degree assault in connection with the beating of a 2-year-old girl has been rescheduled for a status hearing at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The defense filed a motion in Juneau Superior Court Thursday to reschedule and the prosecution did not oppose.
Nicholas Kokotovich III was arrested June 11 and charged in connection with the May 13 beating of his girlfriend Adrienne Hosiner's 2-year old daughter, Reina Stone. Hosiner identified herself and her daughter for a previous Empire article.
According to Empire archives, Kokotovich had initially called his girlfriend at work and said the girl had fallen off the bed, hit her head, and was not breathing correctly. Together they brought Stone to Bartlett Regional Hospital. The girl had severe injuries to the face, head, and other parts of her body and BRH staff alerted police.
Stone was medevaced to Harbor View Medical Center in Seattle with life-threatening injuries. She is still at Seattle's Children's Hospital and is making a slow recovery.
Kokotovich is lodged at Lemon Creek Correctional Center. According to Empire archives, Hosiner said Kokotovich admitted to leaving Stone alone so he could get high on OxyContin, a powerful pain medication. Hosiner said Kokotovich told her he was angry when he returned because Stone said the word "no" repeatedly. Kokotovich struck Stone and then hit her again because she would not stop crying, Hosiner said. Stone said Reina looked like she had been in a fight with an adult.
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