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Cynthia Baker murder trial jury selection done, witnesses take stand Wednesday

BLOOMINGTON (WEEK) — The jury trial for a woman accused of killing her 8-year-old stepdaughter began Tuesday.

Cynthia Baker, 41, was facing 15 charges but prosecutors will now only pursue six in the death of Rica Rountree.

Baker now will be charged with one count of murder, which could carry a 20-to-60-year prison term, but if she is found guilty of the heinous way the child was killed, she could face her natural life in prison.

She also faces charges of aggravated battery, domestic battery and endangering the life of a child.

Drew Veskauf

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