Jury to decide if daycare owner guilty in baby's death

Published on May 16, 2017 at 01:45PM

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — A jury on Tuesday began deliberations to decide if they believe the assertion from prosecutors that a northern Utah daycare owner killed an 8-month-old boy by slamming his head on a changing table in frustration. Tisha Morley’s attorney offered an alternate explanation during a trial that ended Monday in Ogden. Defense lawyer Logan Bushell says baby Lincoln Penland’s older, 3-year-old brother caused the injuries. The Standard-Examiner newspaper reports that Bushell says the 36-year-old Morley acknowledges leaving the boy alone at her in-home daycare center in Roy and asked the jury to find her guilty of the lesser charge of negligent homicide. Prosecutor Branden Miles counters that Morley is guilty of child-abuse homicide. He says she was the only adult in the home and scoffed at the theory that a toddler could cause the blunt force trauma that killed Lincoln.