Monday, March 11, 2013

Bulletin; Shelley Richter: Missouri; Jury trial of home daycare operator gets under way; Prosecutor claims baby was shaken to death; Defence claims seven month old baby was accidentally dropped.

STORY" "Update: Shelley Richter trial begins," by reporter Eric Hilt, published by KOMU on March 11, 2013.

GIST: "The trial for a Cole County woman accused of shaking a seven month old began Monday morning. Shelley Richter is charged with child abuse and endangering the welfare of a child. Those charges come from an incident in August, 2010. Richter allegedly shook Lane Schaefer while looking after him at her in-home daycare center. Richter said she accidentally dropped Schaefer after tripping over another child at the daycare. Jurors heard from Lane Schaefer's parents on Monday, Jessica and Cole Schaefer. Both parents testified about the events leading up to the incident as well as the medical condition of Lane Schaefer. Lane Schaefer, now three years old, is blind in both eyes and has difficulties walking, eating and sleeping. In its opening statement the prosecution said that during the trial doctors will testify these conditions stem from being shaken, not dropped."

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