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As expected, attorneys file appeal on Todd’s behalf

July 24, 2012
By DEANNE JOHNSON - Staff Writer ( , Salem News

LISBON - As Miranda Todd's attorneys had stated at her sentencing hearing for the murder of her infant, an appeal was filed on Todd's behalf.

Just clearing the 30-day deadline, defense attorney Jennifer Gorby filed the appeal asking the Seventh District Court of Appeals to look at the strength of the evidence used to convict Todd and review the sentencing.

Todd was sentenced to 18 years to life after a jury convicted her of murder, involuntary manslaughter and child endangering following eight days of testimony. The jury reached a verdict in a little more than 30 minutes.

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Miranda Todd is shown in her current photo released by the Ohio Dept. of Corrections

Judge Scott Washam had sentenced Todd a week after the verdict. She remains in the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville while her appeal is considered. She was transferred to that facility on July 6.

Todd's son, Derek Dennison, was 7 months old the night he was pronounced dead at Salem Community Hospital.

Todd had taken him to the hospital after he became unresponsive. An autopsy showed the baby had suffered from two head fractures, 11 rib fractures, numerous bruises both new and old, a torn liver and hemorrhaging both inside and outside his skull.

It was a case which included two men who each believed himself to be the baby's father, an unconventional three-way relationship and living arrangement with two other people, daily marijuana use and a pattern of bruising to the child over a two-week period which Todd could not explain to hospital officials or investigators.

At her sentencing on June 22, Todd had continued to maintain her innocence, claiming her baby's killer remained free.

She admitted she had made mistakes, but denied she had ever harmed her son.



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