FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman is charged with murder stemming from a decades-old shaken baby case. Terry McKirchy pleaded no contest in 1985 to attempted murder for shaking 5-month-old Benjamin Dowling so severely that he suffered permanent brain damage. She was babysitting him at the time.
McKircy got a light sentence — weekends in jail for three months and probation. But when Dowling died in 2019 at age 35, the medical examiner said it was because of the injuries he suffered as a baby.
A grand jury recently indicted McKirchy and she was arrested in Texas. She could now get a life sentence. She has long said she never hurt Dowling.