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Convicted baby sitter asks for leniency

  • Associated Press
  • July 7, 2014 - 12:50 PM

BARABOO, Wis. — A baby sitter convicted in Sauk County of killing an infant in her care has asked a judge for leniency.

Jeanette Janusiak has written a letter to the sentencing judge, Patrick Taggart, asking for the possibility of parole at the earliest date allowed under the law.

The 27-year-old Reedsburg woman insists she was wrongly convicted of first-degree intentional homicide in the death of Payten Rain Shearer, the 4-month-old daughter of her best friend. Janusiak will be sentenced July 14.

The Baraboo News Republic (http://bit.ly/1tg3Bes ) says Janusiak told the judge she will continue to proclaim her innocence and believes "the truth will one day prevail."

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