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Md. woman convicted of child neglect in Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Maryland woman faces up to 30 years in prison following her child neglect conviction in West Virginia.

Media outlets report that 24-year-old Jasmine K. Dawkins of Waldorf, Md., is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 16 in Berkeley County Circuit Court.

A jury convicted Dawkins on Friday of two child neglect counts and one count of providing false information to medical personnel. Jurors found Dawkins not guilty of death of a child by parent, guardian or custodian by child abuse.

The charges stem from the New Year's Day 2012 death of 3-year-old Kaiwann Connelly.

Police say the boy suffered a fracture skull and other injuries.

The boy's father, 21-year-old James N. Maudlin of Martinsburg, is scheduled to stand trial Jan. 7.


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