November 26, 2021

Bail hiked in girl’s death

Joe McIntyre/staff photographer

Dorain Bohn responds to questions from Judge Julie Campbell during a June 2018 hearing in Cortland County Court. File Photo.

CORTLAND — Bail for a man accused of murder in the death of a 2-year-old McGraw girl in April was increased tenfold Thursday during the man’s arraignment, even as the judge said a trial would come early next year.

Cortland County Judge Julie Campbell increased the bail to $500,000 cash or $1 million bond to reflect the increased severity of the charges against Dorian G. Bohn, 29, who pleaded not guilty Thursday to second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter, felonies, and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor in the death of Kassidy Dains.

Bohn, who is originally from the Buffalo area, was charged after the April 19 death of Kassidy Dains with criminally negligent homicide, a felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. Bohn had been held on $50,000 bail or $100,000 bond.

However, county District Attorney Patrick Perfetti requested in court Thursday that the bail be raised to $500,000 cash or $1 million bond, in light of the more serious charges and Bohn’s lack of roots in the community. Campbell agreed despite a request by Bohn’s lawyer, county Public Defender Keith Dayton, to set bail at $100,000 cash or $200,000 bond.

“We have significantly more evidence,” Perfetti said after the appearance in court.

Bohn told police he drank three “little airplane bottles” of vodka while he was at the McGraw apartment he shared with Kassidy and her mother, Krystal Dains. Perfetti said after Thursday’s court appearance that he believes Bohn drank more than that.

Perfetti said a test conducted on Bohnfound a blood-alcohol content higher than the 0.08 percent, although he did not have the figure available. He said that is the minimum for a driving while intoxicated conviction, although the charge does not apply in this case.

Bohn told police that Kassidy was coloring on the floor of her bedroom on the afternoon of April 19 while he drank and watched television in an adjacent room. Kassidy’s mother, Krystal, was at work. Bohn said he heard a thud at 7:17 p.m. and went to the bedroom to find Kassidy on the floor and assumed she had fallen 5 feet from a bunk bed that had been installed a couple of days earlier.

He later told police he did not immediately seek medical treatment and let the child to sleep.

Evidence will show that Kassidy would have survived had Bohn acted more quickly to get her medical treatment, Perfetti said. He said he does not believe there is evidence of injuries to the child over a prolonged period of time.

Krystal Dains sat surrounded by supporters in the corner of the third-floor courtroom in the County Courthouse during the Bohn’s appearance late Thursday morning. Wearing an orange county jail outfit, Bohn glanced over at her, expressionless, as he was taken away in shackles.

“I’m doing the best I can,” she said in the hallway afterward.