Stephanie Spurgeon, a former Palm Harbor home daycare provider, was reportedly found guilty of manslaughter and will now face up to 15 years in prison after a jury came back with that verdict. Jurors had spent 21 hours reportedly deliberating her fate over two days.
Spurgeon ran a daycare out of her home and on Aug. 1, 2008, the grandmother of 1-year-old Maria Harris came by to pick her up after her first day at the home, to find Harris limp and not acting normally. Maria died soon after.
During the trial that began with jury selection last Tuesday, confusing medical evidence about “shaken baby syndrome” was presented. The prosecution presented doctors that testified, little Maria Harris had been thrown onto a bed or shaken very hard.
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