- Associated Press - Saturday, January 31, 2015

BELTON, Texas (AP) - A Central Texas woman serving 30 years in prison for the starvation death of her baby must be resentenced after her murder conviction was overturned.

The Killeen Daily Herald (https://bit.ly/18DjbIB ) reported Saturday that Nilda Iliana Rodriguez of Harker Heights faces a March court appearance in the new penalty phase.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals last year ruled evidence did not support a murder conviction in the 2008 death of the woman’s son. The court changed the conviction to injury to a child, noting the mother’s omissions caused the death, not any specific act.

Rodriguez testified 2-month-old Deon Dejuan Griffin had trouble eating. He died at a hospital.

The penalty for injury to a child, depending on degree of the felony, ranges from two years to 99 years in prison.


Information from: Killeen Daily Herald, https://www.kdhnews.com

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