Melony Roberts in court with attorney James Bell. Becky Campbell/Johnson City Press
Woman found not guilty in JCMC child abuse case
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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