Judge refuses to lower bail in murder case

Judge Thomas Willmore speaks during a bail hearing for Heidi Rutchey in 1st District Court, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, in Logan, Utah. Rutchey is being charged with first degree murder in the death of her 2-year-old son. (Eli Lucero/Herald Journal)

LOGAN — First District Judge Thomas Willmore refused to lower Heidi Marie Rutchey’s bail and ordered her to remain in the Cache County Jail. Willmore also set a preliminary hearing for November 21 for the 42-year-old who is accused of killing her 2-year-old son.

During Monday’s bail hearing, Cache County Sheriff’s Detective Jared Keller testified he found the body of Rutchey’s son Eli, September 4, 2013 in the bathroom of their River Height’s apartment. At the time of discovery, Keller said the boy’s body showed signs of “advanced decomposition.”

Earlier that day, Rutchey was driven to Logan Regional Hospital by a family member. While at the hospital, questions arose concerning Eli’s condition. Medical staff called police dispatch and requested a welfare check for the child at their River Heights apartment near 400 South 400 East.

Keller testified that while interviewing Rutchey she told him, “I killed my baby.” She also told him how she had placed her hand over Eli’s nose and mouth.

Rutchey is believed to have attempted suicide after killing Eli. Keller said she had taken five bottles of pills to try and kill herself.

Rutchey sat next to her attorney David Perry and cried as Judge Willmore refused to lower her bail from $100,000. He ordered her to remain in the Cache County Jail where she is being held in maximum security.

Rutchey was arrested and booked into the Cache County Jail October 24. She’s being held on a charge of criminal homicide, a first-degree-felony.

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