Monday, August 20, 2012

Bulletin: Stephanie Spurgeon: sentenced to 15 years for death of 1 year old in her care. (Manslaughter); Had argued natural cause of death.

STORY: "Palm Harbour day care owner gets 15 years for 1-year-olds death," by reporter Curtis Krueger, published in the Tampa Bay Times on August 20, 2012.

GIST: "Former Palm Harbor day care owner Stephanie Spurgeon was sentenced on Monday to the maximum 15 years in prison for the death of a 1-year-old girl in her care.........Defense attorneys during the trial pointed out that no one saw Spurgeon hurt Maria, and presented evidence suggesting she died of natural medical conditions, not trauma. But Assistant State Attorney Holly Grissinger said on Monday that evidence proved Spurgeon "hurt this child in such a way that she tore her brain and made her eyes bleed.""

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