Feb 17, 2013

Mistrial on Megan Martzen murder case


Mistrial on Megan Martzen murder case
 
While this case has been newsworthy for quite some time, it was only recently that I became aware of it. I will offer a very brief gist of the case.

In 2009, Ella Van Leeuwen, who was approximately a year and a half old, passed away (1). In 2010, Ella's babysitter, Megan Martzen, was arrested and charged with her death (2, 3). While in jail, Megan was pregnant (4) and gave birth,  at which time CPS became involved (5). (The child was allowed to stay with his father.)
 
During the trial against Megan, which took place in 2013, prosecutors alleged shaken baby syndrome, while defense presented her as good with kids (6) & argued that Ella had had two accidents in the time before her death (6, 7, 8). As you can see from the video & link above, the cases has ended (for now) in a mistrial.