Man accused of killing his stepdaughter in court Monday

Dennis Duby (Vermont State Police)
Dennis Duby (Vermont State Police)
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Updated: 2/24 11:45 pm

POULTNEY, Vt. – It was an emotional day in court as Dennis Duby was arraigned in court for the death of his two-year-old stepdaughter.

The 31-year-old Poultney, Vt. man is accused of fracturing Dezirae Sheldon’s skull. The injury led to her death last Friday.

“What’d you do to my baby?” Dezirae’s mother, Sandra Duby, screamed in court. Sandra had to be escorted out of court by police officers.

People rallied in the streets of Rutland Monday saying Dezirae’s death could have been avoided.

The Vermont Department for Children and Families recently returned the toddler back to her mother’s custody.  Many at the rally wondered what made it safe for Dezirae to return home.

Dave Yacovone is the Commissioner of the Vermont DCF.

“What Vermonters needed to know, and again, I’m not allowed to speak about the specifics of this case, but DCF are state staff and do not make those decisions alone,” he said.

Police said Dezirae was taken to Rutland Regional Medical Center last Wednesday for a fractured skull. Prosecutors listed Dezirae’s injuries in extensive detail.

“Her brain began to swell upon impact,” the prosecutor said.

Police said Duby was home with Dezirae and his six-week-old daughter. Police said Duby claimed he heard a thud from another room, and he found Dezirae unresponsive.

Duby pleaded not guilty to Second Degree Murder and is being held on $250,000 bail.


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