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Patterson pleads not guilty in Sioux Falls toddler death

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The man charged in the death of a Sioux Falls toddler pleaded not guilty in a Lincoln County court Monday afternoon.

Joseph R. Patterson was charged with Second Degree Murder and alternative counts of First Degree Manslaughter, Aggravated Battery of an Infant and Abuse or Cruelty to a Minor for the Oct. 11 death of 2-year-old Tyrese Robert Ruffin.

Although a judge raised Patterson's bond when he was charged with the murder last week, the defense argued successfully today for his bond to be lowered. Patterson is now held on a $750,000 bond, despite Lincoln County State's Attorney Tom Wollman's argument that Patterson is a threat to the community.

Tim Rensch, Patterson's defense attorney, said his client has family ties to the area and is in the middle of a construction project.

A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for January 13, 2014.

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