Lawyers appeal foster mother’s conviction in child’s death

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Lawyers for an Illinois woman found guilty of killing a 4-year-old Bloomington foster child say her conviction should be overturned because of errors at her trial.

The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports Heather Lamie’s attorneys are scheduled to argue an appeal of her 2014 conviction on Jan. 12.

A Livingston County jury found Lamie guilty of murder and endangering a child for the 2011 death of Kianna Rudesill.

Kianna was a foster child in Lamie’s Cullom home when she was taken to a Pontiac hospital for seizure-like symptoms and later died.

Authorities said she died from brain injuries and blunt trauma to the head. Lamie’s lawyer at trial argued the injuries were self-inflicted.

Her appellate lawyer says prosecutors failed to link the injuries to Lamie.