A Peabody mother has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for shaking and beating her nine-month-old daughter to death in 2007, the Essex district attorney's office said this afternoon.
Jennifer Ward, 39, flew into a rage after the baby, Jocelyn Mae Ward-Anderson, had been fussing for over two hours, district attorney's spokesman Steve O’Connell said.
Prosecutors said the baby had been "brutalized" in the Nov. 18, 2007 incident and suffered a fractured skull, brain damage, and fractures to both shoulders and her left arm.
A Salem Superior Court convicted Ward today after deliberating for about eight hours over two days. Judge David Lowy will sentence her at 9 a.m. Monday. The involuntary manslaughter conviction carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in state prison.
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