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Woman convicted in death of 9-month-old at Eudora day care sentenced to prison

A woman convicted in the death of a 9-month-old boy at a Eudora day care has been sentenced of more than 10 years in prison.

Forty-five-year-old Carrody Melissa Buchhorn was sentenced Monday for second-degree murder in the September 2016 death of Oliver Ortiz at the Sunshine Kids Group Daycare Home in Eudora.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports a coroner ruled Oliver’s death was a homicide caused by blunt force trauma.  Buchhorn was originally charged with first-degree murder.

After she was convicted, Buchhorn fired her lawyer and hired a new counsel, who said he planned to appeal the case.

In April 2018, Oliver’s parents filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the day care operators in whose home Oliver died, Gina Brunton and husband Morgan Eric Brunton.  The court later approved a settlement.

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