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Cole County child abuse case headed to trial

Shelly Richter mug


The jury trial for a Cole County woman accused of shaking a baby is scheduled to begin Monday morning.


The trial comes about two and a half years after the alleged incident happened.


Shelly Richter is charged with two felony counts: endangering the welfare of a child and abuse of a child causing serious emotional injury.


In the fall of 2010, a grand jury charged the Taos woman with hitting and shaking 7-month-old Lane Schaeffer.


Richter said in August 2010 she dropped the baby on a concrete floor after tripping over another child at her home daycare.


However, doctors testified the baby's injuries were consistent with shaken baby syndrome.


This is the fourth time a judge has set a trial date for Richter.


Richter's trial is scheduled to be in front of Judge Pat Joyce.


Stay with KRCG 13 for coverage as the trial begins.

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