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Maine woman appeals conviction for child’s death

August 7, 2019

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine woman who’s serving a 50-year prison sentence in the fatal beating of a 4-year-old girl in her care is appealing her conviction and sentence.

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court will set deadlines for legal briefs and arguments in the appeal of 44-year-old Shawn Gatto.

A judge found Gatto guilty of depraved indifference murder in the death of Kendall Chick in her home in December 2017. Kendall was placed in the home of Gatto and Gatto’s fiance, Stephen Hood, while Kendall’s mother battled addiction.

Maine child welfare officials failed to follow protocol for monthly visits to the home, visiting twice over eight months.

Child welfare officials closed their case almost 10 months before Kendall died. She died from blunt force trauma to the abdomen.

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