- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia man and wife convicted in 2009 of killing their newborn daughter are seeking a new trial based on testimony of medical experts who say developmental issues and a difficult delivery may have caused the baby’s death.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports (https://bit.ly/1OjA5Lu ) a judge heard expert testimony Thursday in the case of former Army soldier Albert Omenged Debelbot and Ashley Deone Debelbot. They were sentenced to life in prison in October 2009 after being convicted of murder. A state medical examiner concluded the baby, McKenzy, suffered head trauma consistent with being slammed against a well or stomped.

A pediatrician, Dr. Peter Dehnel, testified Thursday the baby’s skull was malformed and had a fracture that could have resulted from a “rough delivery,” causing slow internal bleeding that proved fatal.

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Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, https://ledger-enquirer.com

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