2011-05-05 / Local & State

Pa. Girl, 10, Charged With Murder In Death Of Baby

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) – A 10-year-old girl has been charged with third-degree murder in the shaking death of an infant in central Pennsylvania.

Her babysitter was also charged Friday in Franklin County for allegedly failing to seek medical care for 11- month-old Heath Ryder.

The Public Opinion in Chambersburg reports 56- year-old Dottie Bowers was caring for both children last summer. Authorities say the girl, then 9, allegedly shook the baby and threw him into a crib. He died a few days later of traumatic brain injury.

Bowers is charged with involuntary manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child. Her attorney, Joseph Caraciolo, says Bowers will tell her story eventually.

The girl's lawyer, Jason Kutulakis, says she has no history of behavioral problems. Her case was transferred to juvenile court.

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