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Woman denies murder charge in 2009 death of 22-month-old

Friday, July 1, 2011 4:36 PM
Last updated Saturday, July 2, 2011 1:52 AM
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A Martinez woman suspected of killing a toddler she was baby-sitting in 2009 pleaded not guilty Friday afternoon to murder charges.

Lawanda Concettes Tripp, 40, of Avery Landing, attended an arraignment hearing in the Colum­bia County courthouse in Evans.

Tripp is accused in the death of 22-month-old Teaira Michele Hall, of Hill Drive at Fort Gordon, on Nov. 15, 2009.
Authorities were called to Tripp's home after receiving a report that the child wasn't breathing.

Teaira's death was ruled a homicide after an autopsy by the Georgia Bureau of Inves­ti­gation showed she died from "inflected traumatic head injuries," county Coroner Vernon Collins said.

Tripp was indicted in January 2010 but was re-indicted in June to correct typographical errors in the initial indictment, her attorney Vic Hawk said.


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