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Kent County mom found guilty in daughter's death

The jury deliberated for more than 3 hours Thursday and returned with a guilty verdict.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich — A jury has found a Kent County mother guilty of first degree murder and first degree child abuse following the death of her 10-month-old daughter.

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Watch Live: Jury reaches verdict in Tatiana Fusari case

Fusari withdrew her 'no contest' plea last year and could now face mandatory life in prison without parole.

Posted by 13 On Your Side on Thursday, October 14, 2021

Tatiana Fusari was found guilty on Thursday in Kent County after three hours of deliberation by jurors.

Investigators claimed Fusari knowingly neglected her 10-month-old daughter, Mary Welch, causing her death.

Fusari's defense attorney claimed Seth Welch was abusing his wife, was controlling, and that he was responsible for killing Mary. 

"She [Fusari] was prevented from caring for her child the way she wanted to," Nunzio said. "He threatened to kill her and he would beat her up." 

The lawyer for Fusari said he plans to appeal the decision. Fusari is expected to be sentenced November 17.

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