Sunday, April 08, 2001

Sitter in kid's death: End prison term

The Associated Press

        LEXINGTON — Karen Murphy, the baby sitter who left an infant to die in a parked car in 1999, is asking that a judge reconsider her request for early release from prison.

        Fayette Circuit Judge Sheila Isaac denied a similar request, but Ms. Murphy's attorney, J. Ross Stinetorf, is now asking that she hear arguments about the issue.

        In October, Ms. Murphy was sentenced to serve 13 years. But Mr. Stinetorf wrote that because jurors found her guilty of second-degree manslaughter but mentally ill in the death of 11-month-old Bryan Puckett and lesser crimes against her own children, they clearly expected her to receive treatment for her mental disorders.

        Instead, she is receiving no counseling and is living in the general population at the state prison for women in Pewee Valley.


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