NORWICH – A Norwich man charged with manslaughter appeared in court on Friday, and was held on $50,000 cash bail, after telling officials he had no place to live.
Devan Ellsworth, 28, of Norwich is charged with second-degree manslaughter, a class C felony, and criminally negligent homicide, a class E felony, after allegedly striking his daughter, Delaney Ellsworth, on or about the face, causing a head injury that officials said lead to a subdural hematoma.
On August 26, Delaney was transported Chenango Memorial Hospital and then moved to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse. The Norwich Police Department reported she died while receiving care at the facility the next day, Aug. 27.
In Chenango County Court on Friday, Ellsworth entered a not guilty plea on his two charges, and his attorney argued for reasonable and appropriate bail.
According to Chenango County Assistant District Attorney Michael Ferrarese, Ellsworth has multiple felony and misdemeanor convictions. Ferrarese said because of his criminal history, Ellsworth has every reason to flee the jurisdiction.
"The defendant is a 28-year-old man with several prior misdemeanor and felony convictions," said Ferrarese. "He poses a significant flight risk, and the people would request that bail be set to ensure his appearances at future court dates."
Ellsworth's attorney, Chenango County Public Defender John Cameron told the court, "If bail is going to be set in this matter we would ask that it be set appropriately."