Boise woman sentenced in toddler's death
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- A former Boise daycare operator has been sentenced to at least 10 years in prison for the December 2009 death of a 2-year-old boy.
Katherine Stanfield maintained her innocence in the death of Wyatt Fesler even as she was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 10 years.
Prosecutors alleged Stanfield violently slammed the boy's head into a hard object three times, apparently over his unwillingness to take off his coat. Wyatt was comatose when paramedics arrived and died two days later. Paramedics noted there were handprints on the boy's shoulders. He suffered injuries to his spinal cord and brain along with massive internal bleeding.
Stanfield's defense was that the boy had medical issues, including equilibrium problems that caused him to fall and injure himself.