• Foster Mother Gets 14 Years For Connection With Son’s Death


    SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A daycare operator and foster mother was sentenced
    today to 14 years behind bars in connection with the death of her nearly 2-year-
    old foster son.
    Linda Faye Coleman, 51, recently pleaded guilty to felony child abuse
    for the June 27, 2007, death of Malachi Roberts-McBride. She had faced a murder
    charge before reaching the plea deal.
    Judge Charles Rogers said the case presented “starkly divergent views’
    of the defendant, between the facts of the case and the large showing of
    support she received from family and friends.
    Robin Simon, a Lemon Grove real estate broker, told the judge she placed
    her two grandchildren with Coleman for daycare services in San Diego’s
    Mountain View neighborhood and she took good care of them.
    “Linda is one of the most caring, conscientious people I know,’ Simon
    said, telling the judge that the defendant had “the gift of love’ for
    children.
    Despite the support, Coleman bears criminal responsibility for Malachi’s
    death, the judge said.
    Prosecutors said the boy suffered from brain swelling, bruises all over
    his body and bumps on his head when he was brought to Rady Children’s Hospital.
    Authorities determined the cause of death to be blunt force trauma, and not an
    accident.
    At a previous hearing, a lawyer for Coleman said she had run a licensed
    daycare center for 15 years before Malachi died and had been a foster mother
    for 10 years, and that the boy was a polio victim who could not walk well.

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