Eudora woman’s conviction in daycare death overturned


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Court of Appeals has ordered a new trial for a Eudora woman who was convicted of murder after a baby died at her daycare center.

The appeals court said Carrody Buchhorn received ineffective counsel before she was convicted in 2018 of second-degree murder in the death of 9-month-old boy, Oliver “Ollie” Ortiz.

He was found unresponsive at the daycare in 2016. The court said Buchhorn’s attorney did not properly investigate a coroner’s ruling that the boy died from a blow to the head.

The Douglas County District Attorney’s office said it plans to appeal Friday’s ruling to the Kansas Supreme Court.

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