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Templeton suspect’s court date postponed

A Templeton hospital administrator arrested on suspicion of child molestation and possession of child pornography had his arraignment postponed Tuesday because his attorney said he suffered a kidney failure — but local hospitals have no record of admitting him.

Donald Baker’s attorney, David Fisher, said his client is a diabetic who’s being treated for kidney failure resulting from salty foods served to Baker at County Jail. Baker, 39, the critical care director at Twin Cities Community Hospital, posted $235,000 bail last week.

He initially was treated at Twin Cities before being transferred to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center for intensive care, Fisher said in court.

But the public information officers for both hospitals said Tuesday that Baker had not been recently admitted for care.

“It’s news to me if he was here,” said Jason Chang, a spokesman for Twin Cities. “We don’t have a record of that.”

Sierra Vista spokesman Ron Yukelson said the San Luis Obispo hospital also didn’t have a record of Baker’s admission.

Fisher didn’t return a call Tuesday afternoon.

Baker is accused of lewd or lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14, incest, processing material depicting a minor under the age of 14 engaging in or simulating a sexual act, lewd or lascivious acts against children and an outstanding warrant, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

The arraignment was rescheduled for Monday for 8:30 a.m. in San Luis Obispo Superior Court.

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