Stepfather of infant found in trash to have preliminary hearing in December

A Douglas County District Court judge has set a December hearing to decide whether there is enough evidence to order a criminal trial for a Lawrence man accused of putting his infant stepdaughter in an apartment complex’s trash.

On Oct. 20 Marquis Young, 27, was transferred from the Johnson County Jail to the Douglas County Jail. He faces felony charges of attempted first-degree murder and abuse of a child. He also faces a single charge of violating his probation.

Young was serving a sentence in Johnson County after he was convicted of battering his wife, Sheena Young, in July. He was transferred to Douglas County after he finished serving that sentence.

Marquis Young

Thursday afternoon Young appeared in Douglas County District Court, where Judge Paula Martin scheduled his next court appearance, a preliminary hearing to weigh the evidence against him, for Dec. 7.

On July 7 police found an infant girl inside an apartment complex’s trash receptacle in the 2500 block of West Sixth Street. She suffered serious injures, received treatment at a Kansas City-area hospital and was later released.

The apartments in the complex are owned and managed by Country Club on 6th.

Police did not say specifically where the infant was found, though multiple residents at the complex said all the apartments share a centralized dumpster, which also compacts trash.

Several days after the infant was found in the trash Marquis and Sheena Young were arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct at Perry Lake. Both were soon released from jail after each posted a $3,000 bond.

Marquis and Sheena Young have been married for less than a year. He was arrested in Johnson County on July 22 after he was accused of battering Sheena Young.

Marquis Young is currently being held in the Douglas County Jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond.