Blaha asks for a new lawyer

A Fort Dodge woman accused of aiding in the drowning of her newborn baby last fall is asking the court for a new chance, because she doesn’t think so. attorneys from the Mason City Attorney General’s Office.

Two new filings were filed in Webster County District Court by Taylor Blaha, 24, this week, asking that defense attorneys be dismissed. Charles Kenville and Dianne Wallwey from his chapter.

In one file, Blaha wrote, “I feel that he is not doing his best to help me. I feel like he doesn’t care to help me doesn’t care what I say to him he tells me I’m going to jail no matter what. He is the worst lawyer he doesn’t like being my lawyer I want a lawyer who knows (sic).”

In another, Blaha wrote, “I don’t understand what is on (sic) say what information (sic) is on the paper please assume I have a learning disability.”

Blaha’s appeal is scheduled to be heard next Friday.

Blaha, and her boyfriend, Brandon Thoma, are charged with first-degree murder, a felony, in the drowning of their newborn baby girl and dumping her body somewhere in Fort Dodge on or about November 16, 2022.

According to the criminal complaint, Blaha gave birth to the girl in the bathroom of the apartment she shared with Thoma at 927 Central Ave. At the time of the birth, Blaha told investigators, Thoma was in a nearby bedroom. After giving birth, Thoma helped Blaha from the bathroom to the bathtub.

A short time later, the document says, Blaha and Thoma put the baby under water in the shower together, drowning and eventually killing him. In the early morning of November 17th, Thoma allegedly left the apartment with the baby’s body in the backpack to dispose of the body.

After an investigation, the couple was arrested and charged on December 7, 2022.

Blaha’s main trial is scheduled for February 28, but if his request for a new lawyer is accepted, it is likely that the date will be pushed back.

Thoma’s main trial is scheduled for August 8. Thoma is also accused of felony abuse of a dead body, a category C crime. heavy.

The body of the baby was not found and the Fort Dodge Police Department is still investigating. Webster County Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to the recovery of the body. Confidential advice can be given through testing “LEC” and ext. 274-637 or call 515-573-1444.


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