Mass. daycare operator convicted in 6-month-old baby’s death

Pallavi Macharla ran a daycare out of her Burlington home.

**Interpreter may be mentioned in story -jr **
WOBURN, 5/8/2019- Pallavi Macharla,  left, stands beside, court interpreter Neelothpali Velamuri one of her Telugu language interpreters, as she demonstrates how she held and washed the face of a child she was caring for, as she testifies in own defense in Middlesex court on Wednesday, where she is on trial, accused of murdering six-month-old Ridhima Dhekane in the spring of 2014 by shaking her violently. Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe (Metro, Lazar)
Pallavi Macharla, left, testifies in her own defense last Wednesday. –Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe

WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman has been convicted of second-degree murder in the death of an infant in her care.

Pallavi Macharla was convicted Monday after about eight hours of jury deliberations over two days.

Prosecutors said the 44-year-old Macharla shook 6-month old Ridhima Dhekane in March 2014 so violently her brain bled. Macharla was a physician in her native India who ran a daycare out of her Burlington home.

The defense said the baby vomited and became unresponsive after eating applesauce. Macharla testified in her own defense to describe how she heard the baby gurgle and saw her eyes close.


Prosecutors say Macharla changed her story and as a trained doctor, should have promptly called 911 instead of first calling the baby’s mother. The baby died at a hospital days later.