Indictment in '74 Child Murder

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A former Sparks woman has been indicted on a murder charge resulting from the child abuse death of her adopted son nearly 32 years ago.

66-year-old Catherine Wyman is accused of beating to death James
"J-W" Bader, who was either three or four when he died in August
of 1974.

The former Catherine Bader was living in a Phoenix suburb with
her husband, James Wyman, when she was arrested last month on a
warrant charging her with her son's death.

The murder indictment accuses Wyman of kicking or striking J-W
so severely that his intestines ruptured, causing a fatal
infection. She also was indicted on one count of child abuse.

The case was re-examined after the boy's sister, Julie Dunn, of
Chico, California, told Sparks police last year that her mother
abused the boy.