Jackie L. Rolston, 58, New Paris, who has been charged in the death of 19-month-old Kirk Coleman, posted a $100,000 bond Tuesday and was released from the Elkhart County Jail.
Rolston was arrested Monday and her initial court hearing had been set for today at 2 p.m. in the courtroom of the Elkhart County Jail. That hearing has been rescheduled for 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Superior Court 3 in the Elkhart County Courthouse.
According to the probable cause affidavit charging Rolston with felony battery of a child causing death, she was babysitting the toddler Oct. 29, 2014 and called 911 to report that a 19-month-old child was unresponsive due to choking on food at her home in New Paris.
Paramedics arrived and found Kirk Coleman unresponsive, but with no blockages to his mouth or throat, according to the charging affidavit. He was transported to IU Health Goshen Hospital and pronounced dead.
Rolston told police she had been babysitting the boy since 5:15 a.m. that day and he had been happy and acting fine all morning with no problems and had been walking, playing, watching television and interacting with her and other children, according to the affidavit.
An autopsy was performed on the toddler by Dr. Joseph Prahlow, who observed significant injuries to the brain, both optic nerves and both retinas, according to the affidavit. Coleman’s death was ruled as blunt force injuries to the head. Dr. Shannon Thompson, assistant professor of clinical pediatrics and child abuse pediatrician at Riley Hospital for Children also ruled the death was a result of abusive head trauma and not choking.