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Commentary, sarcasm and snide remarks from a Florida resident of over thirty years. Being a glutton for punishment is a requirement for residency here. Who am I? I've been called a moonbat by Michelle Malkin, a Right Wing Nut by Daily Kos, and middle of the road by Florida blog State of Sunshine. Tell me what you think.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Murder delayed

Here is an interesting story from the St. Petersburg Times

The Pasco Sheriff's Office is investigating whether the death of a woman was caused by injuries she suffered as an infant 19 years ago.

Christina Marie Welch's death on March 15 was a homicide due to complications of blunt force trauma, the Pasco-Pinellas Medical Examiner's Office has ruled.

Welch, formerly known as Christina Ann Wells, was the victim in a shaken baby case in October 1986 when she was 2 months old. She was hospitalized with broken ribs, bruises to her head and suffering from seizures. Her parents, Tina Marie and Christopher Michael Wells, were convicted of aggravated child abuse and sentenced to prison in 1989.

Welch, who had been adopted, lived in Pasco County until her death.

The Sheriff's Office is investigating whether the injuries she suffered 19 years ago caused Welch's death.
A prosecution 19 years later almost sounds like something out of Law&Order. I don't believe there is a statute of limitations for murder either. Did everyone of my general age learn of what a SOL was from watching The adventures of Superman?

Injuries of the severity that Welch suffered as an infant could permanent damage. To cause death years later, I can't tell without more info. Its probably possible and the coroner seems to have evidence of such. Proving it in a court of law will be the hard part. Real life is much more difficult than television dramas.

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