COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Suspected child killer Jason Obermiller appeared in Kootenai County Court for a first appearance on Wednesday afternoon. After a week on the run, Obermiller is now fighting to stay in a North Idaho jail rather than return to Spokane to face justice.
Obermiller, 32, was wanted for the murder of 2-year-old Adalynn Hoyt on Sept. 13 in Spokane County.
Police say Obermiller was supposed to be taking care of the little girl while her mom went out drinking with a man she only knew as "Stranger."
Police say Obermiller hit or kicked the toddler so hard in the stomach that she bled to death internally.
Obermiller was arrested on Tuesday near Worley after a week-long manhunt.
Adalynn's grandmother, Debbie Rainey, is thankful her granddaughter's suspected killer is finally in custody and thankful to the concerned citizen who called Obermiller in.
"Thank you so much for calling the cops on him," Rainey said, hoping her message gets to the caller. " Thank you for getting him so that Addie can get her justice."
The suspect stood before Judge Timothy Van Valin at 2 p.m. on Wednesday. Obermiller was being represented by a public defender.
Obermiller's charge of being a fugitive of justice is now an outstanding complaint.
The judge also addressed misdemeanor charges from 2014 of driving without privileges and possession of drug paraphernalia. Obermiller pleaded not guilty to those charges.
When asked if he would waive his right to be extradited to Spokane, Obermiller replied, "I don't waive. I want an attorney."
It's a response Rainey says is typical of Obermiller, not taking responsibility for his actions.
Although she knows extradition could take a while, she says she looks forward to the day where she can look Obermiller in the eye while he pays for Adalynn's death.
"Oh he will, eventually," Rainey said. "I know he will. He'll get here and he'll see me in court. He'll see my face in court and I'll see him."
Obermiller is being held on a $250,000 bond. His next hearing is set for Sept. 30.
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