Woman charged with murder for daughter's death 42 years ago

Being charged with a crime, such as murder, is quite serious. While media reports usually imply guilt, those in Alabama and elsewhere accused of a crime remain innocent until proven guilty. Even someone who faces murder charges has rights and those rights must be protected.

A 66-year-old woman has been charged with murdering her four-year-old daughter more than four decades ago. Although initially ruled an accident, police claim to have received a tip last year that the woman intentionally killed her daughter.

The woman has remained in jail for the past month as she awaits her next court appearance. However, she suffers lung, heart and kidney problems and her attorney requested that she be released to home confinement.

Fortunately, because she has no criminal record, a judge agreed to release her. She will be required to hand over her passport and wear a GPS monitoring device.

Family members have stood by the woman's side throughout the entire ordeal and wept in court when they heard that she was granted home confinement.

"This has been hard. So hard. She is innocent," the woman's husband said.

About two dozen family members showed up to show their support. Some even contend that the serious accusations are because of a falling out between the woman and her adult daughter. Her brother argued that the woman is simply incapable of committing such a crime.

Although it is unclear how this specific case will end, it is a reminder that people have rights. Even when someone faces serious charges, the courts must treat them fairly.

Source: The Sacramento Bee, "Auburn woman accused of killing daughter 42 years ago wins home confinement," Cynthia Hubert, Feb. 29, 2012

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