Suburban Detroit woman sentenced to life in prison in death of 2-week-old daughter

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MOUNT CLEMENS, Michigan — A suburban Detroit woman who was convicted of first-degree murder and child abuse in the death of her 2-week-old daughter has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

The Macomb Daily reports (http://bit.ly/1xV4Y1f ) 26-year-old Charliette Stalling of Warren on Thursday proclaimed her innocence before being given the mandatory punishment in the case. She was convicted by a jury last month.

Prosecutors say Stalling slammed her baby's head with force in four locations. An autopsy ruled the death homicide by blunt-force trauma to the head. Paramedics found Jamiah limp and without a heartbeat when they responded in October 2013. She died at a Detroit hospital.

Defense lawyer Louis Zaidan filed a motion to have the jury's verdict thrown out. He says it wasn't clear how or where the injuries occurred.


Information from: The Macomb Daily, http://www.macombdaily.com

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