Foster Mother Convicted In 2-Year-Old's Death

CLEVELAND (AP) - A Cleveland woman has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter and child endangering in the death of a foster child in her care.

Jacqueline Clark, 62, could be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison.

Two-year-old Devin Wilder (pictured, right) lived with Clark for less than three weeks. Clark testified that she left him with her 15-year-old granddaughter, Ellen Crum, while she ran to the grocery store.

Prosecutors said Clark knew that Devin was injured when she returned about 30 minutes later, but that she waited more than 11 hours to call 911.

An autopsy showed that Devin died of injuries consistent with shaken baby syndrome. Crum has been sentenced to two years in juvenile detention for the death.

Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Richard Bombik said that Clark isn't an evil person, but she failed her responsibility.

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