BOSTON (AP) - A Burlington woman charged with killing a 6-month-old girl she was caring for was granted bail Monday after the state medical examiner’s office reversed its finding that the child died from a violent shaking.
A judge set bail for Pallavi Macharla at $25,000, an amount agreed upon by her attorney, J.W. Carney Jr., and Middlesex prosecutors.
Macharla has been held without bail on a first-degree murder charge since March in the March 2014 death of the girl she was caring for in what authorities said was an unlicensed child care center.
The medical examiner in the case originally determined that the infant died of blunt force and shaking injuries.
But after the defense hired a specialist who said the baby died of natural causes, a doctor in the medical examiner’s office backed off the shaking conclusion.
Prosecutors still allege the baby’s death was a homicide.
Although the medical examiner has reconsidered the shaking ruling, it “remained firm that the infant died of blunt force trauma,” prosecutor Katharine Folger said.
Macharla maintains she played no role in the child’s death, Carney said. Prosecutors have not released the baby’s name.
This is the third time the medical examiner has reversed a shaking conclusion in a Middlesex County baby death.
The district attorney this year dropped a first-degree murder charge against a nanny initially accused of shaking a 1-year-old girl she took care of.
The office in 2014 dropped a first-degree murder charge against a Malden father charged with shaking his 6-month-old son to death.
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