Saturday, 23 October 2010

SBS: Baumer not guilty after 4 years in prison

Posted: 10/15/2010
MOUNT CLEMENS (WXYZ) - Julie Baumer who spent more than four years in prison for a child-abuse conviction is now free after a jury found her not guilty of injuring her infant nephew by shaking him.
"It's been a long time coming," Baumer told Action News after this morning's verdict.
Baumer was let out on bond last December and granted a new trial when Macomb County Circuit Court Judge James Biernat vacated her conviction.  Her appeals attorneys had argued that she did not get proper representation at her first trial.
In 2005, a jury found Baumer guilty of abusing her nephew, Philip Francis Xavier Baumer, who is alive and has since been adopted. Baumer was sentenced to 10 to 15 years in prison. Baumer was caring for her nephew at the time because her sister was drug addicted. Her nephew was in her care since birth to six weeks, when Baumer took him to the emergency room because he had stopped eating.
In this second trial that concluded this morning with the not-guilty verdict, Baumer’s attorneys Charles Lugosi and Carl Marlinga called on experts from around the country who testified that the baby did not suffer from Shaken-Baby Syndrome, but a stroke that damaged the child.

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