Wednesday, 14 November 2007

Mother who threw baby convicted of manslaughter

A young mother has been found not guilty of murdering her baby daughter, despite admitting she caused the infant's fatal injuries.

Six-month-old Crystal Peters had a fractured skull, bleeding on the brain and a broken arm when she died in August last year.

A Supreme Court jury in Adelaide has found the baby's mother Sarah Michelle Peters, 21, of Seaford, not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter.

Chief Justice John Doyle has thanked the jury and said he agrees with the verdict.

During the trial, Peters admitted she lost control when her daughter would not stop crying.

She threw the child across a room toward a bed, but the infant skidded off and hit the floor with a thud.

Outside the court, husband Robert Peters said he felt justice had been done and that his child would now be at peace.

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