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Lawyer: "Excessive" Charge For Mom Accused In Disabled Child's Murder

A lawyer for a Michigan woman accused of killing her 9-year-old quadriplegic adopted daughter says a murder charge seems excessive.

Mark Clement represents Lorrie Thomas of Flint, who is jailed on six charges, including second-degree murder, in the death of Shylae
Thomas.

Shylae's body was found in a storage unit last week. Authorities say she was denied food and starved to death.

Clement says he hasn't seen police reports or talked to prosecutors. But in an interview Tuesday with The Associated Press, he says a murder charge doesn't seem to fit the case.

He says he talked to Thomas in jail, and "the person I met does not match the charges."

A hearing to determine if Thomas will go to trial has been set for May 6.


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