Dad, Defense Team: Woman’s Confession Was Coerced In Toddler’s Death

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (CBS) — The defense team will argue the confession was coerced, in asking for a new trial for a woman convicted of killing a 16-month-old boy at a Lincolnshire day care center.

As WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports, the defense for Melissa Calusinski, 25, argues she killed little Benjamin Kingan just to end a police interrogation.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports

That statement is echoed by Caluisnki’s father, Paul, who spoke with her over the phone.

“And she says, ‘Daddy! Daddy! I told them what they wanted me to tell them! I told them what they wanted me to tell them! I couldn’t take it anymore! I wanted out of that room!” Paul Calusinski said.

Prosecutors said Melissa Calusinki threw the 22-pound boy to the ground on Jan. 14, 2009, after having “issues” with the children in the room at the Minee Subee day care center.

She gave police two videotaped statements.

But at trial, defense attorney Paul DeLuca told jurors she never harmed the boy she liked and cared for at the day center.

Calusinski had been out of jail on bond, but was remanded to custody after being found guilty in November.

She faces a possible life sentence as she awaits a hearing on her new trial request later next month at the Lake County Courthouse in Waukegan.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

  • bob

    leave her in a room with the childs parents for a while then she can claim i’m innocent.

  • ????????

    Did they use a taser when she confessed?

  • the rapture

    a 25 year old that screams ‘daddy daddy’ – is that what the kid was screaming too

  • Fred

    Nobody believes the coerced confession story. I wish people would stop trying to use it.

  • Chivi

    I work for attorneys. I wouldn’t make a judgment as of yet. We have defended the innocent who look guilty and we have defended the guilty who claim to be innocent. Depending on how good the attorney is, is what usually determines guilt or innocence. F__cked up huh!!!!! That’s the law of the land.

  • Al

    She sure looks like a nice enough girl.

  • Afro

    Looks like a spoiled cry baby guilty brat to me

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