BabyÃ¢â?¬â?¢s mother not guilty
After a three-day trial, an Albemarle County jury has found Raelyn Balfour not guilty of involuntary manslaughter for her nine-month-old son Bryce's death, the result of Balfour forgetting to drop him off at a baby sitter's house and leaving him in the car all day in the parking lot of the Judge Advocate General's School at UVA.
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UPDATE: The jury took fewer than 90 minutes to find Balfour not guilty. After her acquittal, Balfour thanked the community for its support, and vowed to spend the rest of her life letting other parents know that the tragic accident that took Bryce's life can happen to anyone. "The important thing now is to make my son's death not in vain," she said.
"It wasn't an intentional thing," said her attorney, Alexandria-based John Zwerling. He believes the jury was swayed by "the lack of evidence of callous disregard." All the elements that the prosecution said were criminal neglect were things she'd done to help other people, he noted.
"We were very pleased the jury made a decision on behalf of the community," says Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Elizabeth Killeen. "This was a case that needed to go before a jury."