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Melony Roberts in court with attorney James Bell. Becky Campbell/Johnson City Press
Melony Roberts in court with attorney James Bell. Becky Campbell/Johnson City Press

Woman found not guilty in JCMC child abuse case

Becky Campbell • Feb 23, 2012 at 1:49 PM

A Washington County jury has issued a not guilty verdict in the case against a woman who had been accused of smothering a child in 2004.

Melony Dawn Roberts, 32, was on trial for aggravated child abuse, an incident prosecutors say occurred Sept. 24, 2004, at Johnson City Medical Center.

The 9-month-old girl was there to determine what caused her to suddenly go limp and stop breathing. A state medical expert testified she believes Roberts suffocated the child, while defense experts told the jury the child has acid reflux-induced apnea.

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