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Trial Begins for Daycare Operator

Jurors in Grafton County Superior Court heard opening arguments Wednesday in the trial of an Enfield daycare operator charged in the death of 4-year-old child under her care last March.  Attorneys for 56-year-old Mary Ellen Burritt argued she provided adequate supervision to the four children under her care the afternoon of March 24, when Willa Shine Clark was found hanging by her jacket in Burritt’s back yard.

Clark died two days later at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center due to complications from suffocation. Burritt was charged later that month with two counts of operating an unlicensed day care, and one count of reckless conduct.

She has since pleaded not guilty to all three misdemeanors. According to court documents, jurors also heard testimony from two of the prosecution’s witness, including the chief of the state’s child care licensing unit, as well as Clark’s mother.

Jurors are expected to hear additional testimony tomorrow, with closing arguments anticipated before the end of the week. YCN News will continue to keep you updated on this story.

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