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Associated Press, Published May 21 2010

ND day care provider faces murder charge in 3-year-old boy's 2008 death

BISMARCK (AP) — A Bismarck day care provider has been charged with murder in the 2008 death of a 3-month-old boy.

Thirty-five-year-old Larena Doll was arrested Thursday evening. She's being held in the Burleigh County jail ahead of a Friday afternoon hearing.

Doll had been charged with manslaughter in the death of Kingston Kuntz. She pleaded not guilty to the charge, which was later dropped to give prosecutors more time to gather evidence.

Police reports indicate Doll was caring for the boy in April 2008 when he suffered fatal injuries. He died three days later.

The state medical examiner has listed his cause of death of blunt head trauma. An investigator testified in court that doctors believe the boy was shaken.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.