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2011 interview of Kipp presented at murder trial

POSTED: October 29, 2012 11:41 p.m.

As the trial continues for a mother facing charges related to her 18-month-old’s June 2011 death, the prosecution continues to build its case.

Deanna Renee Kipp is on trial for one count of malice murder, four counts of felony murder, four counts of cruelty to a child in the first degree, two counts of providing false statements to police and one count each of aggravated assault, cruelty to a child in the second degree and concealing the death of another.

In August, Superior Court Judge Andrew Fuller sentenced Stephen Clark West, Kipp’s boyfriend, to life in prison without the possibility of parole, plus 20 years, in the death of Kaylee Kipp.

On Monday, prosecutors presented the jury with an interview Gainesville Police Department investigators did with Deanna Kipp in June of 2011 following Kaylee’s death.

During the questioning, investigators asked about the timeline of events along with how Kaylee wound up with several visible wounds, which, investigators said, were from blunt force trauma that led to the child’s death.

Deanna Kipp, during the interview, said she did not hear Kaylee crying the night before her death, nor did she see West strike the child.

Deanna Kipp did admit during the interview that West did “spank” her other two children and saw him cover Kaylee’s mouth with his hand.

Last week, the prosecution previously brought up Kipp’s demeanor after she found out about Kaylee’s death.

The trial will continue this week.


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