The jury trial of Dannae Yozman, formerly known as Dannae Zylstra, has been delayed so that the parties involved may secure witnesses for deposition. The parties gathered in front of Jasper County Circuit Court Judge John Potter for a pretrial conference on Tuesday, March 26, where a four-to-six-month delay was requested.
The parties in the case noted that the witnesses who may give deposition during the trial include doctors and other professionals based in or around the Chicago area. Potter reluctantly agreed to delay the trial for approximately three months, after pointedly noting that the case has been pending for over a year.
The trial is now scheduled to begin with a jury selection on Monday, July 9 at 1 p.m. A pretrial conference is scheduled for Tuesday, May 15 at 9 a.m. All parties in the case expect the trial to last at least four days.
The case began on March 2, 2017 when the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call about an infant unable to breathe. This call originated from the Zylstra residence in Wheatfield. The infant, Ayden Zylstra, was initially taken to Porter Regional Hospital in Valparaiso. But due to his critical condition, he was soon transferred to Comer’s Children’s Hospital at the University of Chicago’s Medical Center.
Investigations later revealed that Ayden Zylstra died from head trauma and had evidence of prior injuries. Jasper County Sheriff Terry Risner said the nature of the injuries was made clear by the evidence.
“The child did have a healing injury,” Risner said, “so it had to have happened prior to the child’s death...The injury was a direct result from the parties that were charged.”
The initial medical examination revealed that his respiratory distress was caused by traumatic injury. Child Protective Services were then notified and informed the JCSO.
During search of the Zylstra residence, items commonly associated with narcotics and drug usage were allegedly found. This included residue of cocaine, methamphetamine and a mixture of heroin and fentanyl.
The couple were taken into custody at the Jasper County Detention Center the next evening, following a traffic stop on County Road 400 West. Charges were filed against them on March 4, 2017.
In the time between then and the present, the Zylstra’s divorced, and Dannae Zylstra took the last name of Yozman.
Almost a year later, Yozman’s ex-husband Michael Zylstra was sentenced to 30 years in the Indiana Department of Correction on Thursday, March 1, for causing the death of his infant son, Ayden Zylstra. Both Zylstra and Yozman were originally given several matching charges in this case, which eventually included neglect resulting in death, a level 1 felony. She also has a charge of neglecting a dependent in a way which endangers the dependent, a level 6 felony.