Friday, September 14, 2012

Ethiopian mother accused of beating, strangling baby

(Sept 14, 2012, SAN DIEGO)--A woman accused of beating and strangling her 7-month-old son, who was pronounced dead after apparently falling from a third-story apartment window in Normal Heights, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of murder and assault on a child.

Zewoinesh Badasso, 33, was ordered held on $2 million bail. She faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted. Deputy District Attorney Nicole Rooney said two passersby found the baby's lifeless body in the west alley of 4500 39th Street sometime after 5 p.m. Friday.

They called police, and the child was rushed to Rady Children's Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the prosecutor said. During an autopsy, medical examiners noticed severe ligature marks around the tot's neck and other injuries to his face and neck which indicated some form of beating, Rooney said. “The medical examiner determined the cause of death  was strangulation,” said Rooney. Read more from Fox5 San Diego »

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