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Charges Dropped Against Longtime Inmate In 2002 Shaken Baby Case

Kim Hoover-Moore
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
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AP
This undated photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction shows inmate Kim Hoover-Moore, convicted of murder and child endangerment in 2003 for the death of an infant girl who had been in her home daycare. Hoover-Moore was scheduled for release from prison after the case against her was thrown out based on new evidence, on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction via AP)

A Columbus woman who has spent nearly two decades in prison on allegations of killing a baby in her care has been ordered released from prison after new evidence led to charges being dropped.

Prison inmate Kim Hoover-Moore ran a home day care in Columbus and was put on trial after she found a 9-month-old girl in her care unresponsive in 2002.

The 57-year-old Hoover-Moore was convicted based on a coroner's assessment that the child suffered from so-called shaken baby syndrome.

On Thursday a judge vacated Hoover-Moore's conviction based on evidence of an older, undetected injury and ordered her immediate release.