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Convicted O'Fallon nanny might get new trial

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 | 11:22 a.m. CST

ST. CHARLES — A St. Charles County nanny convicted of seriously injuring a 4-month-old boy might get a new trial following a ruling by the Eastern District Missouri Court of Appeals.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Wednesday that 24-year-old Rebecca Harris has been serving a 7-year prison sentence for the assault of Kaleb Wakefield. The appeals court on Tuesday reversed her 2008 conviction on the grounds that the jury should not have seen her videotaped interview with police because she had asked for an attorney at the start of the interview.

St. Charles County prosecutor Jack Banas said his office is likely to pursue a new trial.

Harris called 911 in October 2007. Kaleb had a skull fracture and bleeding on the brain and in his eyes. He has developmental delays and vision problems.

 


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