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Fresno doctor testifies in babysitting death case

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FRESNO (AP) — The physician who treated a 17-month old girl who died in a Fresno County babysitter’s care says the toddler’s severe brain injuries could not have been caused by a fall from a bed.

Dr. Samuel Lehman testified Thursday that Ella VanLeeuwen’s head injuries were comparable to being thrown from a car in a high-speed crash.

The babysitter, 22-year-old Megan Martzen of Reedley, faces charges of murder and assault on a child causing death in connection with Ella’s death in February 2009. Martzen told police that the young girl fell off a bed.

Martzen’s lawyer says the police investigation was “botched” and bruising from older injuries was not reported to the coroner. If convicted, Martzen faces 25 years to life in prison.


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