Memorial service set for Gardnerville infant |

Memorial service set for Gardnerville infant

by Kurt Hildebrand
Ava Douglas
Special to The R-C |

Gardnerville, Nev. — A memorial service for an infant, whose father is facing first-degree murder charges in her death, is Saturday in Gardnerville.

Born Oct. 28, 2014, Ava Christine Annett Douglas, was 10-weeks-old when she was taken off life support on Jan. 10.

That same day it was announced her father, Trent Getty, 23, was arrested at a Sacramento bus station in connection with her death.

Getty brought the unresponsive infant girl to Carson Valley Medical Center at 2:13 a.m. Jan. 7. According to Douglas County investigators, Getty left the center before doctors could learn what happened to the girl. A short time later, Getty was contacted by Carson City authorities and agreed to return to Minden where he was questioned by Douglas County investigators. Getty told investigators that after he picked up Ava at around 7 p.m. Jan. 6, he put her in her swing, gave her a bottle, and then fell asleep on the couch.

He said that when he awoke, he found the swing had tipped over with her in it. Ava’s mother, Haley Douglas, had moved out of the apartment after the pair broke up following Thanksgiving.

Investigators released Getty at 4:40 a.m. Jan. 7 because they had no information about the girl’s condition. Five hours later they learned from Renown emergency room doctors that Ava could not sustain life on her own due to severe swelling of the brain.

Getty appeared in East Fork Justice Court on Wednesday with his attorneys, Maria Pence and Jamie Henry. He waived his right to a speedy hearing. A Jan. 30 preliminary hearing was canceled, and another hearing set for Feb. 18.

An obituary listing her survivors appears in today’s edition of The Record-Courier

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