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Published December 21, 2010, 06:47 PM

ND Supreme Court Affirms Conviction in Starved-baby Case

North Dakota's Supreme Court affirmed the manslaughter conviction of a 19-year-old woman whose baby died of organ failure after the infant was starved and dehydrated.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Supreme Court affirmed the manslaughter conviction of a 19-year-old woman whose baby died of organ failure after the infant was starved and dehydrated.

Stevie Buckley is serving five years in prison for the February 2009 death of her six-month-old daughter Kyra. A doctor testified at Buckley's trial that the child was a "skeleton" when Buckley brought her to a Bismarck emergency room to check on breathing problems.

An investigation found no evidence the baby had been fed for several days. Buckley's apartment had a strong marijuana smell and empty bottles of whiskey, vodka and rum.

Buckley argued she wasn't aware her baby was at risk of dying, and that jurors shouldn't have heard about her marijuana use.

The Supreme Court rejected Buckley's arguments.

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