Life sentence for babysitter overturned after new evidence surfaces

Steven Dial anchors. 10/21/2016

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - It's been 10 years since a babysitter was arrested for the death of a 2-year-old child. This week her life sentence was overturned.

"She's been in prison for seven years since then," says her attorney, Samuel Jacobson.

The year - 2006 and a Mandarin babysitter named Syna Lim found the child she was watching unresponsive.

Investigators say Lim tried to contact the child’s mother multiple times.

It wasn't until later that the child’s father came to the home and the child was dead.

Investigators at the time say the child had been abused.

"Bruising to the head and also what would have been the handle to a fly swatter that matched up to what would have been the weapon used."

In 2009, Lim was sentenced to life in prison.

A team of medical experts and law years working former case found new evidence that could clear Lim of any charges.

"Now there is medical testimony that the child died from the consequences from undiagnosed juvenile diabetes not blunt for trauma," says Jacobson.

A judge agreed with those findings and threw out the life conviction.

Jacobson spoke with his client Friday about the overturn conviction.

"How would you feel if you woke up in the morning and had a life sentence and then at nine in the morning you found it went away. She was pretty happy."

It is now up to State Attorney Angela Corey or new State Attorney Melissa Nelson to decide if they want to re-try the case, make a plea agreement or drop the case.

Jacobson says these are rare circumstances and is confident the right decision will be made.

"There are grounds upon which any of them could happen." 

(© 2016 WTLV)


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