An Aroostook County Superior Court jury deliberated less than three hours Wednesday before finding 25-year-old Heather Fortin not guilty in the death of Teairra Leathers.
Fortin called police on June 18, 2007, reporting that Teairra was unresponsive. The baby was taken to a local hospital and airlifted to Eastern Maine Medical Center, where she died the next day.
The medical examiner ruled the death a homicide after concluding that the baby’s head injuries were not caused by a fall.
Assistant Attorney General Andrew Benson conceded that the case was difficult because it was based on circumstantial evidence.