The parents accused of killing their 4-year-old son by leaving him in a vehicle for 17 hours appeared briefly in court Thursday, but Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Karen Bennett-Haron delayed their preliminary hearing for several weeks.
Sources said a grand jury has been convened and could return an indictment against the couple, Stanley and Colleen Rimer, as early as next week. If that happens, the Rimers’ preliminary hearing date will be vacated.
The Rimers are accused of second-degree murder in the death of Jason Rimer, who was found dead in the family’s Ford Excursion on June 9.
Authorities also have brought multiple charges of child endangerment against the Rimers, who are accused of keeping a filthy home and who have a long history of abuse allegations made to Clark County Family Services.
The Department of Family Services had 21 contacts and referrals involving the Rimers stretching back almost two decades. While most of the complaints were deemed “unsubstantiated,” child protective services workers did uphold a complaint of physical abuse, emotional abuse or neglect, and medical neglect. A complaint about lack of child supervision also was upheld.
State records also show the Department of Family Services received five complaints of abuse or neglect related to Jason.
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