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Babysitter booked on murder charge

February 24, 2004

Americus-- Jennifer Tanner made her first appearance before a judge Tuesday afternoon. Bond was set at $25,000 under the condition that Tanner has no contact with infants.

"She loved Haley, Haley was precious to her she was keeping Haley along with her own child for the father and mother of this young child who died," said her attorney, Bill Murray.

Murray, says Tanner had nothing to do with eight-month-old Haley Bone's death. On the morning of October 23, 2003, Haley was dropped off at Tanner's home on Shiloh Road.

According to Tanner's attorney, about two or three hours later, Tanner, 23, called 911 when she noticed the baby was having breathing problems. "She rode with the child in the ambulance to the hospital and she was complemented by the EMT's in the ambulance for having gotten the child attention so quickly and it appeared the child was going to be okay."

But, the child was not okay. Haley was transferred from Sumter Regional Hospital to Egelston Children's Hospital in Atlanta, where she died.

"What I can tell you about the autopsy is that the child died of head force, or head trauma," Sumter D.A. Cecilia Cooper.

 Cooper says the scientific evidence will prove Tanner is the only person who could have killed Haley. "There has been a whole lot of rumor and speculation in this community about what happened and the different parties involved and we are eager to get this case in front of a jury and deal with the evidence and the science and not the rumors and the speculation."

Now, it is up to a jury to decide. The District Attorney says the soonest the case will go to trial is in the fall.

posted at 6:50 PM by dave.miller@walb.com

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