A 22-year-old Centralia man made his first appearance in Lewis County Superior Court Wednesday for a preliminary hearing on charges of five counts of third-degree rape of a child.
Mario Daniel Kinne is charged with having sex with a minor who gave birth to his baby in September 2009 when she was 15.
Jessica Ann Myers of Centralia, the mother of the now-16-year-old girl, faces similar charges as a co-defendant because the sexual relationship occurred in her house.
Myers failed to appear in court.
Judge James Lawler issued a bench warrant for her arrest.
Kinne was released from court on an unsecured bond of $20,000, which he will be fined if he fails to make his next court appearance scheduled next Wednesday for his arraignment and trial setting.
According to charging documents, Myers notified police her daughter had run away from home eight days after having her baby. Centralia police investigated the matter and discovered that Myers' daughter and Kinne had sex in Myers' home on several occasions before the birth of the child.
DNA tests showed Kinne is the father.
Asked if he knew of Myers' whereabouts, Kinne said after his hearing he believes the woman is staying in Mineral.
At the time, Kinne was holding his baby daughter.
"This is the best thing to come of it," he said of the charges he faces.
Kinne is the same person who in April 2008 attempted to run across Interstate 5 in Centralia just north of the Harrison Avenue interchange when his companion, Evan O. Tauscher-Abbott, was struck and killed by a car.