McKinley Wilder's grandfather remains jailed on federal hold

3:48 PM, Aug 22, 2012   |    comments
Daniel Harrison McGrath
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WOODLAND, CA - The grandfather of a toddler who was found dead inside his Roseville home in April remains in jail on a federal hold.

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Daniel McGrath appeared in Yolo County court Wednesday afternoon on charges of stalking and preventing or dissuading a victim or witness. The court appearance came nearly three months after McGrath was released on bail for federal pornography charges.

West Sacramento police arrested Daniel McGrath last Friday. He was detained at the police department for at least three hours then was transported to the Yolo County Jail after the arrest. West Sacramento police would not comment on the nature of the investigation.

During Wednesday's court hearing, McGrath's attorney Eric Hintz said Yolo County was not filing charges in the stalking case because Placer County has an ongoing case in its jurisdiction.

Hintz said McGrath denies the stalking allegations. Hintz said McGrath told him, "'I wasn't stalking or harassing anybody. I was trying to find out where my ex-son-in-law lives so we can serve legal papers on him in connection with a grandparent visitation.'"

McGrath and his wife are trying to obtain visitation rights with their 5-year-old granddaughter, the sister of the dead child, McKinley Wilder. A Placer County judge granted a restraining order against McGrath in May after he was arrested on the federal charges.

A source said the stalking incident started in Placer County. A woman called police after she noticed McGrath was following her, according to the source. The woman is a friend of Mark Wilder, the father of McKinley Wilder and her 5-year-old sister.

McGrath was arrested on federal porn charges about a month after the toddler's death. During the child death investigation, officers found thousands of images of child pornography at McGrath's Roseville property. 

McKinley Wilder was found dead inside McGrath's home, but at the time, McGrath and his wife were out of the country.

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The toddler's mother, Denise Wilder, was the only adult inside the home when police arrived. Her 5-year-old daughter was also there. Roseville police claimed Wilder was very drunk. She was later arrested on child endangerment charges in connection with her daughter's death.

Denise Wilder is being held at the Placer County jail on $500,000 bail.

No one from the Placer County District Attorney's Office returned phone calls or emails on Wednesday afternoon.


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