Sunday, 5 June 2011

SBS: Virginia: Kathleen Ganiere pleads guilty in death of foster child

Va. Beach woman pleads guilty in death of foster child  Credit: Va. Beach Police Dept.
Kathleen Ganiere is on trial for the death of a child in her care.
VIRGINIA BEACH -- A woman accused of causing the death of her foster child has just pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter.
Nine-month-old Braxton Taylor died a day after being taken to the hospital in February, 2010.  Authorities said the little boy died from shaken baby syndrome.
Kathy Ganiere was caring for him in her home on Glenville Circle in Va. Beach.
Ganiere is on trial on charges of second degree murder/accidentally, child cruelty/neglect/abuse and child cruelty/neglect/abuse/reckless.
Jury selection began Wednesday morning but then Ganiere entered the guilty plea.
If convicted on all counts, Ganiere could be sentenced to a maximum of 55 years, according to the Commonwealth's Attorney office.
Formal sentencing is set for September 14

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