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Idaho Woman Enters Alford Plea In Day Care Death

RIGBY, Idaho (AP) - A day care worker charged in the death of an 18-month-old girl has entered a modified guilty plea to involuntary manslaughter as part of an agreement with prosecutors.

On Monday, 41-year-old Patricia Ann Widerburg entered an Alford plea, which means she did not admit guilt in the case but acknowledged a jury likely would convict her. She is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 1.

The case stems from the November 2008 death of Hannah Covington at the Learn and Grow Daycare. Widerburg told a dispatcher that Hannah had hit her head. An autopsy indicated she died of a subdural hematoma, which Jefferson County officials said was consistent with shaken baby syndrome.

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