Parker not guilty in child abuse case

Caitlin Parker, charged with Aggravated Child Abuse, leaves Houston County Courthouse on December 4, 2019.
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Dothan, AL (WTVY)-- [UPDATE: 12/6/2019 at 12:30 PM]
Caitlin Parker has been found not guilty by a Houston County jury. The jury deliberated for about 20 minutes

A verdict could be reached Friday in the case of a Houston County woman charged with intentionally inflicting injuries on her three-year-old stepdaughter.

Police claim 24-year old Caitlin Parker lied to police and changed her story several times after taking the girl to a hospital in December 2016.

Ultimately, she told investigators that Zoey fell from a kitchen counter, causing head trauma that the child survived.

A pediatric doctor who specializes in child abuse testified that a skull fracture like the one Zoey suffered is inconsistent with Parker's statement to police.

However, another medical expert said he found no evidence of that type of skull injury and believes Zoey is the victim of an accident, not abuse.

Ms. Parker had been married to Zoe's biological father for about a year when his daughter was hurt. The couple divorced this year, per records.

When the trial resumes Friday, the defense will present additional testimony. After that, prosecutors and defense attorneys will deliver closing arguments to the jury and then deliberations will begin.

If convicted of the Aggravated Child Abuse charge, Ms. Parker could receive up to 99 years in prison.

(This story updated at 4:16 to correct name regarding alleged inconsistent statements from Turner to Parker.)

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