NW Ind. judge orders boy's body released to mother

September 8, 2012 12:26:52 PM PDT
A northwestern Indiana judge has ordered a slain boy's body released to his biological mother while the child's father awaits trial in his killing.

Friday's order by a Lake County Criminal Court judge directs the county coroner to release 13-year-old Christian Choate's body to his mother, Aimee Eriks.

The Times of Munster reports that 40-year-old Riley Choate is scheduled to stand trial starting Oct. 9 on murder and other charges in his son's killing. The 13-year-old's body was found in May 2011 in a shallow grave, two years after officials say he died.

Prosecutors say Choate kept his son locked in a dog cage for more than a year before he died.

The boy's stepmother, 47-year-old Kimberly Kubina, pleaded guilty in May to a neglect charge.

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