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Pretrial hearing held for man charged in 2-year-old girl's death in Cortland County

Dorian Bohn is seen walking out of court Tuesday in Cortlandville (CNYCentral Photo)

An emotional mother took the witness stand on Tuesday to testify in a pretrial hearing for her boyfriend who is charged with neglect — which investigators said led to her two-year-old daughter's death.

Krystal Dains was handed a box of tissues to help her answer questions about her daughter, Kassidy.

Kassidy died on April 19 at her home on Elm Street in McGraw, in Cortland County. Court documents said that Kassidy suffered a head injury after falling from a distance of at least five feet.

The child's obitiuary said Kassidy was a bright little girl who was full of life — who could bring sunshine to anyone's darkest days. Her family called her "Doodle," and her favorite movie was Trolls.

Dains' boyfriend, Dorain Bohn, 29, was charged with criminal negligent homicide and endangering the welfare of a child, according to officials. Documents said Bohn was drinking at the time of the incident and had three "little airplane bottles" of Pinnacle vodka.

Bohn covered his face leaving court on Tuesday. While in court, he dropped his head and wept when Dains said Kassidy had loved Bohn.

Dains said she was at work the night that Kassidy died. She went with a police officer to the hospital where she found out what happened.

According to court documents, Bohn told investigators he heard a thud from the little girls' bedroom, but admitted he did not get her medical treatment right away.

Dains said Monday that the bunk beds were installed in the girl's room just two days before, and that Kassidy was told not to climb the ladder to the top bunk.

The coroner said the autopsy showed not only head trauma, but bruises in various parts of her body — enough to concern District Attorney Patrick Perfetti to consider upgrading the charges against Bohn.

"We are in a continual process of consultation with the investigators relative to which charges we think are appropriate, but I would anticipate that there is going to be an elevation of charges," Perfetti said.

Bohn is still being held on $100,000 bail. His case will now move forward in county court.

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