Mar 18, 2013

Richter guilty of endangering child’s welfare

I have an update on my last post: First day of child abuse trial ends. In his story - Richter guilty of endangering child's welfare - Bob Watson writes that "Shelley Richter is guilty of endangering the welfare of a child, a Cole County jury ruled late this afternoon. But that jury said she was not guilty of the more serious charge, felony child abuse."

It appears that Dr. John Plunkett was called as a witness for the defense. In the story, Dr. Plunkett is quoted as saying “You cannot create the force or acceleration needed to cause those injuries. ... It is much more likely that the fall caused the injuries.” And that is what Shelley Richter says happened to baby Lane Shaeffer that day.