A jury has reached a partial verdict in the murder case of a homeless Philadelphia woman charged in the starvation death of her baby at a shelter.
The jury did not announce its findings, but returns Friday to try to decide the remaining charges against 34-year-old Tanya Williams.
Williams was living with her six children at a Travelers Aid shelter when two-month-old Quasir Alexander died in 2010, and his twin was found near death.
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Philadelphia prosecutor Peter Lim says Williams was getting social services from several agencies, but still let the baby die.
Defense lawyer Gregory Pagano calls his 34-year-old client “a scapegoat” for the failures of city-funded case workers, doctors and others.
Jurors can choose first- or third-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter or an acquittal. Williams is also charged with child endangerment and the attempted murder of the surviving twin.