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Minnesota Supreme Court upholds conviction in boy’s death

February 11, 2016 GMT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court has upheld the murder conviction of a Pope County woman in the death of her 4-year-old stepson.

A jury convicted Amanda Peltier of first-degree murder in 2014 after hearing evidence that she repeatedly bit and beat Eric Dean, and threw him across a room, causing a fatal injury.

The judge sentenced Peltier to life in prison, with a possibility of release in 30 years.

The Star Tribune (http://strib.mn/1mtEYss ) reports the Supreme Court agreed Wednesday with Peltier’s argument that the prosecuting attorney made several improper remarks in his closing arguments. But the court ruled those comments did not affect Peltier’s rights.

Gov. Mark Dayton called for an overhaul of Minnesota’s child protection system after the Star Tribune reported on Pope County’s repeated failures to protect the boy.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com