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Wisconsin appeals court upholds child death conviction


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A state appeals court has upheld a former child care worker's first-degree reckless homicide conviction in the death of a 3-year-old girl.

  Susan Wilk of Baraboo was convicted in 2006 in the 1999 death of Mercedes Caflisch.

  Wilk claimed the girl was accidentally injured in a fall while in Wilk's care at her home.

  Prosecutors argued Wilk kicked or punched the girl, causing her small intestine to split.

  The Fourth District Court of Appeals on Tuesday rejected Wilk's appeal that she didn't get a fair trial because a variety of evidence was either not allowed or improperly admitted.

  The court says a retrial was unlikely to result in a different verdict.

  Wilk is currently serving a 40-year prison sentence and is eligible for parole in 2017.

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