Despite already having completed a 10-year prison sentence, a former Clark County baby sitter convicted of shaking a toddler hard enough to cause brain damage is entitled to a new trial, the Washington Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday, following a decision to allow medical evidence not previously available.
In 2003, a jury convicted Heidi C. Fero, then 24, of first-degree assault of a child in connection with the Jan. 7, 2002, incident involving 15-month-old Brynn Ackley. Physicians had determined Brynn suffered from shaken-baby syndrome after sustaining injuries so severe that they had to have been inflicted by an adult.
Fero, who was taking care of Brynn at the time, blamed the girl’s then 4 1/2 -year-old brother for the injuries. Read more.