Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Bulletin: Megan Martzen: Fresno, California; Babysitter sentenced to 3 years probation following her plea to "involuntary manslaughter" which she entered after her murder trial ended in a mistrial. sentenced to 3 years probation. ABC.

"The Reedley babysitter who pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter was formally sentenced to 3 years probation on Tuesday.   In March, 22-year-old Megan Martzen pleaded "no contest" to a felony charge of involuntary manslaughter as part of a plea deal. This after her murder trial for the 2009 death of Ella VanLeeuwen ended in a hung jury in February. Ella, who was 17-months old, died three years ago following an incident that occurred while under Martzen's care. During her murder trial last month, prosecutors argued Martzen beat Ella to death, but the defense insisted the toddler fell off the bed and prior injuries contributed to her death."
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More detailed Fresno Bee story: "In February, a Fresno County jury voted 10-2 against conviction on a murder charge and 8-4 against conviction on a charge of child abuse causing death. In addition, the jury deadlocked 6-6 on involuntary manslaughter."

Read more here: http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/04/30/3280398/reedley-sitter-gets-3-years-probation.html#storylink=cpy


Daily Mail (UK) story: "Martzen accepted a felony conviction in exchange for a sentence of probation, after the murder trial ended in a mistrial. The 22-year-old is officially not a murderer, but by pleading no contest to the charge of involuntary manslaughter, she admitted playing a role in the toddler's death, according to abcnews.com. Speaking outside Fresno County Court ahead of the sentencing, Martzen said: 'I would've never done anything to hurt Ella, I loved her so much. 'My heart hurts for the family.'"



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