Not guilty plea entered for sitter in child’s death

By The Associated Press

COLUMBIA CITY — A not guilty plea has been entered on behalf of a northeastern Indiana babysitter charged in the death of a young child she was caring for last year.

Twenty-nine-year-old Courtney L. Kincaid of Columbia City appeared in a Whitley County court Monday after being jailed last week on charges including aggravated battery and neglect of a dependent causing death. She plans to hire a lawyer and didn’t comment while leaving the courthouse.

The Whitley County sheriff’s office responded in April 2018 to a report of an injured infant at Kincaid’s home and found 11-month-old Emma Grace Leeman wasn’t breathing. The child had a skull fracture.

Emma’s parents had left her with Kincaid earlier in the day. Kincaid initially told investigators the child hadn’t been injured, but later changed her story.

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