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Videotape Confession by Day Care Worker – Lake County Illinois Criminal Case – Does Taped Confession Come in as Evidence?

By David M. Baum, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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After being interrogated for almost 10 hours, Melissa Calusinski confessed to fatally slamming a toddler on the ground at the Lincolnshire, Illinois, day care center where she worked. Despite confessing, the 24-year-old day care worker pleaded not guilty to first degree murder of the death 16-month-old Benjamin Kingan. The fatal confrontation occurred back in January 2009. The tapes show Calusinski vehemently dying having anything to do with or know what caused Benjamin’s death at first. After almost 4 hours into the questioning, Calusinski suggested that Benjamin could have caused his own fatal injuries after he violently threw himself backwark to the floor, audibly hitting his head. She changed her story again and told interrogators that it may have something to do with the fact that the toddler hit his head while she was removing him from a chair. Finally, Calusinski admitted to interrogators that “the kids were driving [her] up the wall.” Finally, she admitted to throwing Benjamin to the floor. The judge in the case is expected to rule on whether or not to suppress the video-taped confession. If you would like to read more on this story please see Day care worker confesses during videotaped interrogation to fatally slamming 16-month-old toddler.