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Former day care worker requests new trial after conviction for murdering toddler

Homicide

A woman recently convicted of killing a toddler at a Lincolnshire day care center has requested a new trial, arguing that she falsely confessed to the crime and comparing her case to another highly publicized Lake County murder conviction that has been overturned by an appellate court.

A jury on Nov. 16 convicted Melissa Calusinski, 25, of Carpentersville, of first degree murder in the 2009 death of 16-month-old Benjamin Kingan of Deerfield.

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