GARY, Ind. (TOC) — A household is left surprised after a lady who was convicted of neglect within the 2016 loss of life of a child in Gary, Indiana, is now out free.
Tricia Woodworth was to be sentenced Wednesday in a Lake County Indiana courtroom. Nonetheless, as a substitute, she was launched from custody Tuesday and she or he might face a brand new trial after the loss of life of child Maci Moor.
The household of child Maci stated they’re nonetheless surprised by the sudden flip of occasions this week.
“I feel all of us had been in awe. I simply felt empty. I believed how can this be,” stated Maci’s nice aunt, Brenda Criminal.
“She does not need to be free,” Maci’s grandmother, Tracey Kerwin.
A Lake County decide granted a movement, paving the best way for Woodworth to get a brand new trial. This, after a jury, discovered Woodworth responsible of neglect in July.
In 2016, Woodworth was babysitting her finest pal’s child lady.
Through the trial, there have been conflicting theories about how one can child died: both by the hands of Woodworth or from a lingering harm the infant suffered days earlier than she misplaced consciousness.
Attorneys for Woodworth argued there have been errors in the course of the trial.
“We really feel this flip demonstrates that the principle of justice that’s afforded all US residents has actually been exemplified within the Decide’s ruling,” Woodworth’s attorneys stated in a press release.
In the meantime, the infant’s household, who’re already pissed off with the tempo of justice after ready years for the trial, is ready once more.
“There’s clearly no winner on this scenario. No one wins. Not solely did we lose our granddaughter, Megan and Ryan misplaced their baby. Megan and Tricia had been finest buddies,” Kerwin stated. “It is torn aside the neighborhood.”
“Nothing will carry that little lady again into our lives, nothing on this world will carry that little lady again however she did deserve justice,” Criminal added.
The Lake County prosecutor’s workplace is anticipated to attraction Tuesday’s ruling however the workplace wouldn’t touch upon a pending case.
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