The son of a Fort Collins EMT facing felony child abuse charges is recovering from his head injuries and learning to walk, the EMT's defense attorney said in court Wednesday.

Jason Schneider, a 30-year-old EMT at Poudre Valley Hospital EMS, is pleading not guilty to the charges and will begin his trial Nov. 29. The charges stem from a February incident that left the now-9-month-old boy with life-threatening injuries. Prosecutors allege the injuries were the result of abusive head trauma, known colloquially as shaken baby syndrome, while Schneider's defense argues the baby choked on formula, exacerbating preexisting health issues.

During Schneider's pre-trial motions hearing at the Larimer County Justice Center on Wednesday morning, defense attorney Kathryn J. Stimson said she plans to introduce witnesses who can verify the boy is learning to walk and can see, which might refute previous medical testimony about his condition and long-term recovery prospects. Other witnesses will likely testify about the boy's potentially preexisting medical issues.

Also during the motions hearing, Eighth Judicial District Judge Devin Odell ruled out any usage of an hours-long police interview with Schneider, during which he was strapped to a polygraph machine.

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