RI mom convicted of strangling girl after tantrum

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Posted: Oct 06, 2011 6:22 PM
RI mom convicted of strangling girl after tantrum

A Rhode Island mother has been convicted of strangling her 8-year-old daughter in 2009 after the girl refused to take a bath and threw a two-hour tantrum.

Kimberly Fry grimaced Thursday as she was found guilty of second-degree murder in daughter Camden's death. She faces up to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 20 years.

Jurors deliberated 5 1/2 hours over two days before reaching their decision. They could consider second-degree murder or manslaughter charges.

Fry's lawyer called Camden's death "a tragic accident" and said the girl had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and was prone to tantrums.

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But prosecutors said Fry strangled Camden, then tucked her lifeless body into bed with her favorite stuffed animal. Camden's father found the girl dead in her bed the next morning.