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Georgia Supreme Court upholds conviction in toddler’s death

December 24, 2019 GMT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Supreme Court has refused to overturn the murder conviction and life sentence of an Atlanta woman accused of killing a toddler she was babysitting.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the court ruled unanimously Monday that there was sufficient evidence for a jury to find Mary Ann Spence guilty in the 2011 death of Samuel Miller.

According to the high court, Spence’s 5-year-old grandson testified that he saw Spence pick up the crying toddler and slam him on a bed.

Samuel was the son of a friend of Spence’s daughter. An autopsy concluded that he died from blunt force trauma to his head.

Spence said she put him down for a nap and then found him unresponsive and foaming at the mouth about an hour later.

Her attorney, Edward Silverbach, said the case depended entirely on circumstantial evidence.