Bail lowered for suspect in toddler death

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) - Bail has been lowered from $250,000 to $100,000 for the suspect in the death of a Carson City toddler, though he still has not been charged in her death.

Eric Buhl, right, 26, a suspect in the death of 2 year old Coahuyana Hernandez, left. Carson City Sheriff's Office photographs.

26-year-old Eric Buhl was scheduled for a preliminary hearing April 5, 2017, in Carson Justice Court, but that hearing was moved to June. Instead, his attorney asked for a reduction in bail, saying $250,000 was high for someone charged only with Felony Possession of an Explosive Device and Child Endangerment. The higher bail had been ordered the weekend of his arrest under the judge's belief that charges in the child's death would be forthcoming. Such charges are contingent upon results of the autopsy, and those results have not been finalized. Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong says says Buhl is a suspect in the death.

Carson City Sheriff's deputies and paramedics first responded to the 100 block of Manzanita Terrace in north Carson City March 17, 2017 on the report of an unresponsive child who had fallen. When they arrived, Sheriff Ken Furlong says, two-year-old Coahuyana Hernandez was being administered CPR by Buhl, whose girlfriend is a relative of the girl's. Sheriff Ken Furlong says the exact relationship is not clear. Crews treated the girl and took her to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

During the search of the home, detectives found a pipe bomb in Buhl's bedroom. When he was confronted about it, he told the detectives the bomb was live. The Tahoe Douglas Bomb Squad was dispatched to the area to deactivate the explosive in the early morning hours Saturday, and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is also investigating it.

The investigation into the death of Hernandez is ongoing. Buhl remains behind bars. If he makes bail, it will come with conditions, including not having contact with the family of the little girl.

Hernandez had been living with her relative because her mother was in an accident that made her unable to care for the child for the time being. It's not clear where the girl's father is.