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Court upholds babysitter homicide conviction

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A state appeals court says a Wausau babysitter accused of shaking a toddler to death 10 years ago was properly convicted.

Prosecutors accused Tammy Millerleile in 2002 of violently shaking Jake Mentink when he was fussing. A jury convicted her of first-degree reckless homicide three years later.

Millerleile argued on appeal that incriminating statements she made to police should have been suppressed because investigators hadn’t advised her of her rights.

The 3rd District Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday her remarks were voluntary.

She raised the same argument to the same appeals court before she went to trial. The court ruled then that her statements were admissible.

Millerleile’s attorney, Stephen Willett, said he disagrees with the appeals court’s interpretation and will ask the state Supreme Court to take up the case.

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