Aberdeen woman convicted of child abuse

An Aberdeen woman was found guilty Thursday of child abuse and neglect.

A Harford County Circuit Court jury in Bel Air found Kayla Marie Barker, 25, guilty of first-degree child abuse and neglect of a minor after two hours of deliberation, according to Harford State's Attorney Joseph Cassilly.

Cassilly said evidence presented over the course of three days of testimony showed Barker had repeatedly beaten her 8-month old daughter in the head on April 17, 2012, causing multiple skull fractures because the child would not stop crying.

The child was taken to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air and was determined to have been abused and then transferred to Johns Hopkins Pediatric Emergency in Baltimore, where the abuse was confirmed by their child crisis team, Cassilly said in a news release.

The child has recovered and has been placed in foster care.

The case was prosecuted by Deputy State's Attorney Diana A. Brooks and investigated by the Harford County Child Advocacy Center. The lead investigator was Detective Carey Gerres of the Harford County Sheriff's Office, who was assisted by Detective Joe Dugan.

"The State's Attorney's Office commends Detectives Gerres and Dugan for their fine investigation," Cassilly said.

Sentencing has not yet been scheduled, according to Cassilly, who said Barker faces a maximum of 30 years in prison.

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