Cedar Rapids man charged in daughter's death free on bond

First-degree murder trial set for Oct. 3

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A Cedar Rapids man charged in the death of his 17-month-old daughter paid his reduced bond Monday and is free pending his Oct. 3 first-degree murder trial in Linn County District Court.

A judge reduced a $500,000 bond to $100,000 Friday for Zyriah Schlitter, 24, charged with first-degree murder and child endangerment resulting in death. He paid $10,000 Monday -- 10 percent of his $100,000 bond.

Schlitter and his ex-girlfriend Amy Parmer, 27, of Hiawatha, also charged with first-degree murder and child endangerment resulting in death, are accused in the death of his daughter Kamryn Schlitter, who died of head trauma March 28, 2010.

Parmer's bond was also reduced two weeks ago to $100,000, and she is free on bond pending trial Oct. 3.

Bonds for Parmer and Schlitter were originally set at $1 million.

Sixth Judicial District Judge Marsha Beckelman lowered Schlitter’s bond based on his lack of criminal history, his extensive family ties to the community, the fact that he has a job waiting for him and because he cooperated with authorities during a lengthy investigation into his suspected involvement in Kamryn's death.

Schlitter pleaded not guilty to the charges Friday and Parmer pleaded not guilty Monday.

The criminal complaint alleges Parmer and Schlitter, either individually or jointly, inflicted the fatal injuries to the victim, knowingly permitted the other co-defendant to abuse the victim and/or failed to protect the child from the other co-defendant.

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