BURLINGTON (CBS) -- A Burlington woman accused of killing a six-month-old infant girl was found guilty of second-degree murder Monday. Pallavi Macharla, 45, was caring for Ridhima Dhekane before her death on death on March 27, 2014.
According to prosecutors, Ridhima was a healthy baby and Macharla caused her fatal injuries.
Macharla was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years.
"She is in total shock that she will be separated from her children for 15 years because of something that was alleged that she never, ever did," her defense attorney J.W. Carney said.
The judge gave the jury four possible outcomes in the case, not guilty, guilty of first- or second-degree murder, or involuntary manslaughter.
Macharla was babysitting the infant in her Burlington home when Ridhima choked on chunky homemade applesauce, vomited and stopped breathing. Prosecutors claim Macharla was increasingly frustrated with a fussy baby and took violent action in a case of shaken baby syndrome.
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