Roseville parents accused of murder ordered to stand trial — but father is challenging ruling

Roseville parents accused of murder in the death of their adopted 9-year-old son have been ordered to stand trial, but the child’s father is challenging that ruling in court.

Cory Albert Blakley, 38, and Kimberly Rachel Blakley, 37, appeared Friday morning for a brief hearing in Placer Superior Court.

Along with the murder charge, the Blakleys are accused of torture and child abuse in the death of their son who has been identified by his family as Cyrus Blakley. His parents have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Prosecutors are alleging the parents’ abuse caused the boy to become comatose due to brain injury and to suffer paralysis, according to a filed criminal complaint.

On April 17, Judge Jeffrey Penney determined there was sufficient evidence for the Blakleys to stand trial after a three-day preliminary hearing. A trial date has not yet been scheduled.

Cyrus Blakley is seen in an undated family photo. The 9-year-old died Feb. 5, three days after firefighters responded to the family’s home in Roseville. His adoptive parents, Kimberly and Cory Blakley face multiple charges in the boy’s death.
Cyrus Blakley is seen in an undated family photo. The 9-year-old died Feb. 5, three days after firefighters responded to the family’s home in Roseville. His adoptive parents, Kimberly and Cory Blakley face multiple charges in the boy’s death.

Barry Zimmerman, a defense attorney representing Cory Blakley, has filed a motion challenging Penney’s ruling in the preliminary hearing. A hearing for that defense motion was initially scheduled for June 26, but Zimmerman on Friday asked the court to postpone that hearing until July 12.

Zimmerman told Judge Stephen L. Mock that the defense was still awaiting discovery evidence from the child’s autopsy. The judge granted the defense attorney’s request and postponed the hearing until July.

The Blakleys remain in custody at the Placer County jail, where they’ve been held without bail since their Feb. 7 arrest.

About 6 p.m. Feb. 2, officers and firefighters responded to medical aid call at the Blakleys’ home on New England Drive, just east of Sunrise Boulevard. Roseville police has said officers found the 9-year-old boy unresponsive, and he died three days later at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.

Kimberly Rachel Blakley pleads not guilty during her arraignment Friday Feb. 16, 2024, in Placer Superior Court in Roseville, California.. She and her husband, Cory Blakley, have since been ordered to stand trial in the death of their adopted 9-year-old son.
Kimberly Rachel Blakley pleads not guilty during her arraignment Friday Feb. 16, 2024, in Placer Superior Court in Roseville, California.. She and her husband, Cory Blakley, have since been ordered to stand trial in the death of their adopted 9-year-old son.

The Blakleys also face six misdemeanor counts of child endangerment for alleged crimes against six other children, ages 13 to 6 years old, according to the filed complaint.

Placer County District Attorney Morgan Gire has declined to say whether the children listed as victims in the child endangerment charges are the 9-year-old boy’s siblings. He did say those misdemeanor charges stem from separate alleged incidents of abuse.

Cory Blakley’s mother, Ramona Blakley, in December 2021 created an online GoFundMe page to raise money for her son’s family. The grandmother wrote at the time that her son and his wife had two biological children, they “did surrogacy” for those children and that they had adopted one foster child and were adopting four more to keep the siblings together.