Trial set to begin for Eureka caregiver accused of fatally shaking baby girl

2013-11-04T08:21:00Z 2016-01-05T17:44:03Z Trial set to begin for Eureka caregiver accused of fatally shaking baby girlBy Kim Bell kbell@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8115 stltoday.com

CLAYTON   •   Jury selection is set for today in the murder trial of a Eureka woman accused of shaking a 13-month-old girl and causing her death.

Jennifer M. Winkler, 31, of the 100 block of Shaw Drive, is charged with second-degree murder and felony child abuse.

St. Louis County Circuit Judge Tom W. DePriest Jr. will be presiding over the trial. The court has set aside eight days for the trial.

The girl who died was Lily Annabella Rieger. On July 29, 2011, Winkler was at her home watching Lily. She had been hired by Lily's parents to care for the the girl during the day. 

Winkler called 911 that afternoon to report a sick child, and an ambulance took Lily to a hospital for treatment. She had a fractured skull and brain trauma. Doctors suspected child abuse and called police.

Lily was taken off life support two days later at Cardinal Glennon Medical Center. Authorities say she died July 31, 2011, of blunt trauma to her head.

Winkler "was the only adult with the victim in the 7 hours prior to her injury," police said in court documents. Police say they didn't know why Winkler would have shaken Lily.

After Lily's death, her parents, Bill Weishaar and Kara Rieger, posted a video to YouTube about Lily's life in hopes of drawing attention to shaken baby cases. 

Kim Bell covers breaking news for www.STLtoday.com and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Contact her at 314-340-8115 or kbell@post-dispatch.com

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