Preliminary conferences set this week for two area men charged with crimes against children have been postponed.
First Assistant District Attorney Heather Cooper confirmed the conference for Richard Chastain, charged in the death of his 2-month-old great-nephew, has been rescheduled for Aug. 26. The same day, a new conference is set for Steven Anglin, charged with sexually assaulting four of seven foster children who were in his care.
Chastain currently remains incarcerated on a $75,000 bond at the Carter County Detention Center. The 42-year-old man was charged with first-degree manslaughter in June after the baby, who he was supposed to take to daycare, was found dead inside his car while it was parked in the 600 block of 2nd Avenue NE.
At the time of his arrest, Capt. Kevin Norris, Ardmore Police Department Criminal Investigation Division, said detectives suspected Chastain was under the influence when he “forgot” the infant was in his car. The infant was found deceased after being left in the car for almost eight hours.
While the conference for the longtime foster father, charged with four counts of rape by instrument, was also postponed, a motion filed by his defense attorney, Charles Milor, to reduce his $300,000 bond was granted. Cooper confirmed Anglin’s bond was reduced to $30,000. Court records indicate Anglin posted bond. He was released from the county jail earlier this week pending the outcome of the case.
The 60-year-old man was arrested June 16 by Dickson police after the department received information concerning the allegations from Department of Human Services child welfare workers.