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State rests in Fannin trial

Aug. 02, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The prosecution rested its case Thursday in a trial concerning the spring 2011 death of infant Emma Beatty.

The 4-month-old's baby sitter at the time she suffered fatal injuries, Michael Fannin, is charged with child abuse causing death, an offense that carries a possible 10 to 40 years in prison.

Trial will resume at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 2, before Cabell Circuit Judge Paul T. Farrell. That is when defense will continue with its case, after being allowed to call an expert witness out of order Wednesday.

Fannin could take the witness stand at some point during the day with a verdict possible by late afternoon Friday.

The infant died May 2, 2011, three days after an incident occurred at Fannin's residence in Marcum Terrace. Beatty's mother met Fannin online during maternity leave, developed a friendship and sought his occasional help in caring for the child while she worked.

Fannin, 43, and defense attorney Michael J. Curtis contend the infant slipped out of her baby sitter's arms suddenly and fell four to five feet to the concrete floor. The prosecution argues it was no accident, that Fannin had shaken the baby and hit her head against some object.

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