Court denies appeal in adoptive mother's murder case
Posted June 1, 2010 12:21 p.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — The North Carolina Court of Appeals on Tuesday denied the appeal of a Johnston County woman convicted two years ago of killing her adopted son.
Lynn Paddock was convicted in June 2008 of first-degree murder and felony child abuse in the Feb. 26, 2006, death of 4-year-old Sean Paddock.
Authorities said the boy was bound so tightly in blankets that he suffocated.
Defense attorneys argued that the death was accidental and that Paddock's actions were a form of discipline, not abuse.
During the appeal, Paddock's attorney challenged evidence that her other children were abused, saying the claims could have affected the outcome of the trial.