Haleigh's stepfather guilty of child abuse

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Nov. 27 (UPI) -- A jury in Springfield, Mass., has convicted the stepfather of Haleigh Poutre of child abuse, court officials say.

Jurors see video of brain-injured girl

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Jurors in a Massachusetts courtroom appeared close to tears as they watched a video at the trial of a man accused of abusing his 14-year-old stepdaughter.

Jury selection under way in Poutre case

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Oct. 30 (UPI) -- A judge says several potential jurors for the Massachusetts abuse case against 14-year-old Haleigh Poutre's stepfather are not impartial enough to be chosen.

State: No testimony for brain-damaged girl

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Oct. 1 (UPI) -- A prosecutor for Hampden County, Mass., says a brain-damaged girl shouldn't testify in an abuse case against her stepfather.

Once-comatose girl may testify in case

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Prosecutors in Massachusetts say a brain-damaged girl once nearly taken off life support while in a coma should be allowed to testify against her stepfather.

Brain-damaged girl able to talk to police

BOSTON, April 29 (UPI) -- A 14-year-old Massachusetts girl who suffered brain damage from alleged parental abuse was able to give police a statement from her hospital room.

'Brain dead' Mass. girl shows responses

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Jan. 19 (UPI) -- One day after Massachusetts' Supreme Court ruled doctors could remove the feeding tube from a brain-damaged 11-year-old girl, she showed signs of response.

Haleigh Poutre (born February 24, 1994) is an American child and the subject of a multi-pronged legal controversy. On September 11, 2005, Poutre was hospitalized with severe brain injuries after she was allegedly beaten into a coma by Jason Strickland and Holli Strickland, her stepfather and maternal aunt respectively.

The Stricklands (who had legally adopted Poutre) were arrested on various criminal charges associated with the beating.

The Department of Social Services (DSS) was criticized for failing to recognize that the brain-damaged child had been in danger, apparently accepting claims in earlier situations that Poutre had self-inflicted injuries.

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