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Reedsburg woman still maintains innocence in death of infant

BARABOO, WI (WTAQ) - A Reedsburg woman convicted of killing an infant she was babysitting has taken the first step to try and clear her name.

27-year-old Jeanette Janusiak was found guilty last month of homicide in the beating death of 4-month-old Payten Shearer. Janusiak still claims somebody else did it, and the truth will eventually come out.

After the jury verdict, Janusiak wrote a Sauk County judge to beg for leniency. That judge sentenced her to the mandatory life in prison, with her first chance for a supervised release coming in 40 years at age 67.

Medical experts said Payten was battered about the same time Janusiak first called rescuers for help.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)