Melissa Calusinski

Melissa Calusinski (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

Protests Continue Over Daycare Worker’s Conviction

Protests continued Thursday over the conviction and imprisonment of Melissa Calusinksi, the former daycare worker convicted in the 2009 death of a toddler.

07/16/2015

Melissa Calusinski (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

Melissa Calusinski’s Family Hopes She’s Out Of Prison Soon

The father of daycare worker convicted in a toddler’s death met with her for the first time this weekend after new evidence lead to the coroner changing the manner of the toddler’s death.

07/13/2015

Melissa Calusinski (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

Father Of Jailed Daycare Worker Demands Her Release After Coroner Bombshell

Melissa Calusinski is serving 31 years behind bars for the 2009 death of Benjamin Kingan. A coroner this week re-classified the boy’s death as “undetermined.”

07/10/2015

Paul Calusinski. (Credit: CBS)

Melissa Calusinski ‘Ready To Come Home,’ Father Says

CBS 2’s Marissa Bailey sat down with Melissa Calusinski’s father who says today’s developments restore his faith in the justice system.

07/08/2015

The Lake County coroner says the newly-discovered X-ray on the right indicates 16-month-old Ben Kingan did not have a skull fracture.

Coroner: Cause Of Toddler’s 2009 Death Now ‘Undetermined’

Originally, pathologists said “fatal acute” bleeding had caused the death of Benjamin Kingan, who died in January 2009. Melissa Calusinski is serving a 31-year prison sentence in the boy’s death.

07/08/2015

The Lake County coroner says the newly-discovered X-ray on the right indicates 16-month-old Ben Kingan did not have a skull fracture.

Newly-Discovered X-Rays Could Clear Daycare Worker In Toddler’s Death

Newly discovered X-rays of the skull of little Benjamin Kingan could reportedly be critical in the defense of a woman sitting behind bars for his death.

07/07/2015

Melissa Calusinski (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

New Evidence Could Exonerate Daycare Worker In Toddler’s Death

There is a push to free a woman convicted in the death of a baby at a Lincolnshire daycare.

06/24/2015

Melissa Calusinski (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

Lake County Coroner Wants Calusinski Murder Case Reopened

After “48 Hours” uncovered evidence that casts doubt on the verdict that sent a teacher to prison for the death of a 16-month-old boy, the Lake County Coroner was calling for authorities to reopen the case.

03/03/2015

Melissa Calusinski has been sentenced to 31 years in prison, after her conviction for first-degree murder in the death of 16-month-old Benjamin Kingan. She allegedly tossed the boy to the ground at the daycare center where she worked. (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

’48 Hours’ Examines Daycare Death And Asks: Was Teacher Wrongly Convicted?

Police video shows suspect Melissa Calusinski being grilled by Lake Count detectives. Seventy-nine times, over the course of several hours, she denies any involvement in the death of of the toddler. Finally, after some nine hours, she changes her story.

02/26/2015

Melissa Calusinski (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

Father Of Woman Convicted Of Killing Toddler Confident Case “Far From Over”

An Illinois Appellate Court panel has upheld the murder conviction of a Carpentersville woman accused of killing a 16-month-old boy at a Deerfield daycare center five years ago, but the woman’s father said it’s only a minor setback.

WBBM Newsradio–02/20/2014

Melissa Calusinski has been sentenced to 31 years in prison, after her conviction for first-degree murder in the death of 16-month-old Benjamin Kingan. She allegedly tossed the boy to the ground at the daycare center where she worked. (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

Father Of Woman Convicted Of Murdering Child Hopeful She Will Get Released

As Father’s Day approaches a dad refuses to give up hope that his daughter will soon be free, despite a confession and murder conviction in the day care death of a 16 month-old-boy, reports WBBM’s John Cody.

06/12/2013

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Day Care Owner Dies Before Standing Trial In Case Of Boy’s Death

In 2009, a boy was killed by an employee at a Lincolnshire day care center, and the trial of the owner on obstruction of justice charges was to begin soon.

CBS Chicago–04/16/2012

Melissa Calusinski has been sentenced to 31 years in prison, after her conviction for first-degree murder in the death of 16-month-old Benjamin Kingan. She allegedly tossed the boy to the ground at the daycare center where she worked. (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

Judge Rejects New Trial For Daycare Worker Convicted Of Killing Toddler

Claiming a key prosecution witness lied about his credentials, Melissa Calusinski’s attorneys argued Thursday the former daycare worker convicted of murdering a toddler deserves a new trial.

03/29/2012

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Woman Gets 31 Years For Toddler’s Murder

A 25-year-old woman was sentenced to 31 years in prison on Thursday for the murder of a 16-month-old boy, who she allegedly tossed to the ground three years ago.

02/23/2012

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

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.

CBS Chicago–01/04/2012

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Woman Convicted In Toddler’s Daycare Death

A 25-year-old former daycare worker faces a long stretch of prison time, following her conviction in the death of a 16-month-old child left in her care.

11/16/2011

Child Daycare  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Judge Denies Bond Reduction In Toddler Murder

Despite new information alleging a toddler who died while in the care of a day care worker actually died from a previous, undiagnosed injury, a judge denied a motion to reduce the bond for the woman being held in the boy’s death.

05/31/2011