Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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August 6, 2011

Jobe makes initial court appearance

CATLETTSBURG — A woman indicted Monday in the May death of her 16-month-old daughter made her first court appearance Friday.

Lakyn N. Jobe, 20, appeared before Boyd Circuit Judge C. David Hagerman on a charge of first-degree criminal abuse.

Meanwhile, the hunt continued for Jobe’s co-defendant, Brian F. “Trinity” Brewster, 45, who is charged with first-degree manslaughter in the May 3 death of Cally Erica Jobe.

According to the Kentucky State Police, the investigation into the youngster’s death revealed Lakyn Jobe left the child in Brewster’s care on May 1. When Lakyn Jobe returned home, the youngster was unresponsive and was taken by Lakyn Jobe to King’s Daughters Medical Center. She was then transferred to Charleston Area Medical Center Women’s and Children’s Hospital, where she died two days later.

An autopsy performed by the West Virginia State Medical Examiner’s Office revealed Cally died of “abusive closed-head injuries,” the KSP said.

Brewster was an acquaintance of Callie Jobe’s and had been staying at her residence on 52nd Street, the KSP said.

Jobe was arrested Monday, shortly after a Boyd County grand jury returned the indictment against her. Brewster reportedly left the state shortly after Cally’s death and his whereabouts are currently unknown.

Jobe did not enter a plea on Friday because she did not have an attorney. She had previously filed an affidavit of indigency, indicating she’d couldn’t afford one. Reading from the affidavit, Hagerman said it stated Jobe’s only income was $200 a month in food stamps.

Hagerman declared Jobe indigent and appointed public defender Mark Solomon to represent her at Friday’s hearing. However, Hagerman said he wanted to preserve the resources of the Department of Public Advocacy to represent Brewster once he’s apprehended.

“I believe that’ll be the more complex case,” he said.

Hagerman entered an order directing the DPA to obtain a conflict attorney — one not employed by the DPA — to represent Jobe. He scheduled another hearing for Aug. 19. He also ordered Jobe’s bond to remain at $10,000.

Jobe could be sentenced to five to 10 years in prison if she is convicted. Because he has a prior felony conviction, Brewster could be sentenced to 20 years to life if he is found guilty of first-degree manslaughter.

 Anyone with information on Brewster’s whereabouts should contact the KSP’s Ashland post at (606) 928-6421 or (800) 222-5555.

Detective Ben Cramer is the lead investigator in the case.

KENNETH HART can be reached at khart@dailyindependent.com or

(606) 326-2654.

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