Philly mother convicted in baby's starvation death

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Associated Press

Posted on May 14, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 14 at 2:04 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A jury has convicted a mother of six of involuntary manslaughter in the starvation death of her infant at a Philadelphia homeless shelter.

The jury also convicted 34-year-old Tanya Williams on Tuesday of aggravated assault and child endangerment of the infant's surviving twin, who was found near death. It deadlocked on third-degree murder and the attempted murder of the twin.

Investigators say Williams showed no emotion when they found her lifeless son alone on a bed two days before Christmas 2010.

A caseworker had seen the 2-month-old boys 36 hours earlier and deemed them healthy.

But her boss said the now-fired caseworker never saw the twins unclothed.

The trial prosecutor said Williams hid the fact she wasn't feeding them from two caseworkers and a visiting nurse.

Defense lawyer Gregory Pagano says the jury found that Williams had "no intent" to harm her son.

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