• Court rejects Uniontown woman's appeal in child's beating

    UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) (AP)

    ong> - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has refused to consider the appeal by a Uniontown woman serving 20 to 40 years in prison for fatally beating her 3-month-old baby with a piece of his crib.

    Lori Beth Workman, 29, was convicted in 2011 for the beating of her son, Homer Simpson, in August 2008. He died a month later.

    Fayette County prosecutors said Workman struck the baby twice on the head with rails from a crib she was assembling. She was upset that he wouldn't stop crying.

    Fayette County Coroner Dr. Phillip Reilly at first investigated whether the boy suffocated after learning his parents sometimes taped a pacifier in his mouth to keep him quiet. But testing revealed the baby died from head trauma.

    The boy's father was not charged.

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