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Nov 18, 2015 12:00 AM

Trial for NH day care owner charged in 4-year-old's death underway

The Associated Press

NORTH HAVERHILL— The trial of a N.H. day care owner charged in connection with the death of a 4-year-old girl left under her supervision is underway.

Mary Ellen Burritt, 56, faces multiple counts of running an unlicensed day care in addition to reckless conduct.

Police say Willa Clark was found hanging by her coat in March 2014 in the backyard of Burritt's home day care in North Haverhill. She was pronounced dead two days later at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

Prosecutors say Burritt recklessly put children in danger by allowing them to play alone without an adult present.

Attorney Peter DeCato countered that Burritt could see or hear the children at all times.

Cara Clark, Willa's mother, testified Tuesday that she operated under the assumption that Burritt was in fact licensed.

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