- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 7, 2016

SALAMANCA, N.Y. (AP) - A western New York woman has been found guilty in the April 2015 death of her 1-year-old girl.

Twenty-six-year-old Leslie Finch was convicted Tuesday in Cattaraugus County Court on charges of manslaughter, reckless assault of a child and endangering the welfare of a child.

Prosecutors say Finch caused fatal injuries to her daughter, Mila Whipple, when she violently shook the baby on April 26, 2015.

Authorities were called to Finch’s home following reports that a child had stopped breathing. Mila was rushed to Women and Children’s Hospital in Buffalo, where she died.

The Salamanca woman was charged in the death in May 2015.

Finch was acquitted of second-degree murder and first-degree assault charges. She faces up to 25 years behind bars.

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