EUDORA, Kan. (AP) – A Kansas home day care worker has been convicted in the death of a 9-month-old baby.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports that jurors deliberated 16 hours before finding 44-year-old Carrody Buchhorn, of Eudora, guilty Thursday of second-degree murder in the September 2016 death of 9-month-old Oliver “Ollie” Ortiz.
He was under Buchhorn’s care when he became unresponsive at the Sunshine Kids Group Daycare Home. The coroner ruled that he died of blunt force trauma to the head.
At issue was when Oliver sustained a skull fracture. Buchhorn’s defense team argued that Oliver’s fatal head injury could have been up to a week old. The coroner testified that the skull fracture was forceful enough that it would have rendered him unresponsive right away and, without intervention, dead within minutes.