- Associated Press - Thursday, January 7, 2016

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) - Lake County prosecutors are attempting to prevent a new trial for a day care worker convicted of the murder of a child in 2009.

Officials responded last week to Melissa Calusinski’s request for a new trial by saying her lawyers are trying to retread evidence heard at her first trial.

The Chicago Tribune reports (https://trib.in/1JYj3zo ) that alleged “new” X-rays are simply brightened versions of ones used in the trial that resulted in the 29-year-old Calusinski’s 31-year prison sentence.

Calusinski’s attorneys filed a motion last summer claiming that new evidence shows 16-month-old Benjamin Kingan died from pre-existing head injuries. Prosecutors alleged Calusinski slammed the child to the floor at a Lincolnshire day care center.

Calusinski claims she was coerced into confessing to the Deerfield toddler’s death.


Information from: Chicago Tribune, https://www.chicagotribune.com

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