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Indian American daycare Operator Convicted in 6-Month Old Baby’s Death

WOBURN, MS — A Massachusetts woman has been convicted of second-degree murder in the death of an infant in her care.

Pallavi Macharla was convicted Monday after about eight hours of jury deliberations over two days.

Prosecutors said the 44-year-old Macharla shook 6-month old Ridhima Dhekane in March 2014 so violently her brain bled. Macharla was a physician in her native India who ran a daycare out of her Burlington home.

The defense said the baby vomited and became unresponsive after eating applesauce. Macharla testified in her own defense to describe how she heard the baby gurgle and saw her eyes close.

Prosecutors say Macharla, who is trained as a doctor, started performing mouth-to-mouth on the baby but didn’t call 911. Instead, she called the baby’s mother who arrived several minutes later, it said.

The baby was taken to Boston Children’s Hospital and died three days later.

Marcharla was also charged with running an unlicensed daycare center.