Amy Holder was found guilty of child abuse inside the Logan County courtroom shortly before midnight on Monday.
The 12 person jury consisting of eight females and four males deliberated for more than nine hours after hearing 10 days of testimony, including Holder on day eight.
The Edmond mother was accused of abusing two-year-old Naomi Whitecrow, who was placed in her foster home in Spetember 2008, and later died in the Holder home on January 20, 2009. An autopsy was unable to determine cause of death.
Holder was stoic as the verdict was read as she was throughout the entire trial. She was seen wiping her eyes on three occasions, on Monday, during her defenses closing arguments.
“There is no winners in this case and our heart goes out to the Whitecrow’s and all of her family,” defense attorney Scott Adams said outside the court room. “It is still a very sad case that we have a two-year-old that is no longer with us.”
Guthrie News Page was in the courtroom when the jury handed down a recommended punishment of $5,000. Adams said they plan on paying the $5,000 fine in the November sentence and “move on.”
Holder faced up to life in prison and/or one year in the county jail and a fine between $500 and $5,000. The prosecution asked the jury for 25 years in the Department of Corrections.
The prosecution and the defense began closing arguments on Monday morning with the state addressing the jury for 115 minutes and the defense for 74 minutes. The jury was sent to deliberate at 2:14 p.m. with the verdict announced at 11:37 p.m.
The courtroom was packed of Holder’s family, friends and supporters. Naomi Whitecrow’s birth mother, along with family members were also present.
“It was a very difficult case. They obviously came back with a verdict that we can live with,” Adams said. “We have always contended that we did not do it. Hopefully everyone can heal from here on out,” Adams concluded with.