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The Willard woman accused of allegedly killing Lucas Payton Theede-Bennett in January was arraigned in circuit court today and entered a not guilty plea.

Brenda Jean Caringer, 54, was the babysitter of Lucas Payton Theede-Bennett and is charged with alternative counts of second-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death.


What that means is that if she is convicted, she will only be able to be found guilty on one of the charges.

Caringer called 911 shortly before 3 p.m. on Jan. 6 to report the child had fallen and hit his head. Detectives say that she changed her story multiple times.

An autopsy concluded that Lucas suffered a number of internal injuries to his head, including a skull fracture and retinal hemorrhages.

Caringer is due back in court on June 2, 2009.

Amanda Theede and Sean Bennett have filed a wrongful death suit against Caringer.

Lucas' mother, Amanda Theede has a blog about Lucuas here.

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