Friday, February 24, 2012

Illinois Woman Gets Prison in Toddler's Death - Updated

Melissa Calusinski - Benjamin Kingan

(Waukegan, Illinois) Yesterday, Melissa Calusinski was sentenced by Lake County Circuit Judge Daniel Shanes to 31 years in prison.

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Illinois Woman Guilty in Toddler's Death
[Previous 11/17/11 post]
(Lake County, Illinois) A 25-year-old teacher's aide at Minee Subee Daycare Center, Melissa Calusinski, was found guilty yesterday in the death of 16-month-old boy, Benjamin Kingan.

After seven hours of deliberation, a jury returned verdicts on counts of first-degree murder and aggravated battery to a child.

According to the prosecution, Calusinski was frustrated with several toddlers in the room and hurled Benjamin to the floor causing a fatal head injury. The defense contended that Benjamin had an undetected head injury which was aggravated by him pounding his own head on the floor.

Calusinski faces life in prison when sentenced early next year. Her case is expected to be appealed.

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