Woman convicted in boy’s death appeals to Indiana high court

A northern Indiana woman wants the state Supreme Court to review her conviction in the 2014 death of a toddler she was babysitting.

Jackie Rolston was sentenced to 28 years last December after a jury convicted her of battery in the death of 19-month-old Kirk Coleman, who died of blunt force injuries.

His death spurred Indiana lawmakers to create a public registry listing individuals convicted of child abuse.

Jane Ruemmele is Rolston's attorney. She wants Indiana's high court to reduce Rolston's sentence or overturn her Elkhart County conviction.

The Goshen News reports Ruemmele argues in an appeal filed Aug. 31 that Rolston was denied a fair trial when the trial judge allowed jurors to see photographs from the toddler's autopsy and a photo of the boy and his mother together.

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