Idaho judge rejects plea deal in day care death

Idaho judge rejects plea deal in day care death

Patricia Ann Widerburg

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 9:48 AM

RIGBY, Idaho -- A day care worker charged in the death of an 18-month-old girl is scheduled to go to trial in October.

Patricia Ann Widerburg withdrew her Alford plea to felony injury to a child in March, after 7th District Judge Gregory Anderson rejected the sentencing deal she reached with prosecutors.

Widerburg had entered an Alford plea, in which she did not admit guilt, but acknowledged there was enough evidence to convict her.

The case stems from the November 2008 death of Hannah Covington at the Learn and Grow Daycare. Widerburg told a dispatcher that Hannah had hit her head. An autopsy indicated she died of a subdural hematoma, which Jefferson County officials said was consistent with shaken baby syndrome.

Widerburg's trial is scheduled for Oct. 18 and attorneys say it could last up to 14 days, the Post Register reported.

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