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The Georgia Supreme Court ruled Monday that a Gainesville woman be resentenced in the conviction of her 18-month-old daughter’s murder.

Justices unanimously upheld the conviction of Deanna Renee Kipp in the murder of 18-month-old Kaylee Kipp and mental abuse of two older siblings. The toddler was found dead in a crib in June 2011 at her mother’s apartment on Riverside Drive.

Deanna Kipp was sentenced last year to four concurrent life sentences in prison for the murder, in addition to 35 years on abuse charges.

In the high court’s decision, the justices ruled there was sufficient evidence to find Kipp guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of the murder and abuse.

Justices ruled, however, the trial court erred in sentencing because, the opinion read, “The prohibition against double jeopardy does not permit a defendant to be punished on multiple murder counts for a single homicide.”

The case has been sent back to the trial court for resentencing.

Man in attempted 2012 rape case reindicted

A Gainesville resident was indicted Oct. 28 on charges of criminal attempt to commit rape, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, battery and simple battery.

El Salvador native Manuel Antonio Vasquez-Hernandez allegedly tied the victim’s hands and told her “she was going to be his” with the intent to rape her, the indictment read.

The Gainesville Police Department investigated the incident, alleged to have occurred on Sept. 18, 2012.

Vasquez-Hernandez, 36, was previously indicted on the charges in December. One of the aggravated assault charges was dropped.

The case is scheduled for a Nov. 20 calendar call in Hall County Superior Court.

Drug court ordered for pregnant woman charged with DUI

A 22-year-old pregnant woman who hit two vehicles before overturning her own on Oct. 9, the Georgia State Patrol reported, will participate in the Hall County drug court program in Superior Court.

Sugar Hill resident Amber Nicole Taylor, 22, said she was on drugs prescribed to her when she crossed the center lane and collided with oncoming traffic.

She was indicted on charges of serious injury by vehicle, DUI of drugs, endangering a child by DUI, driving on a suspended license and failure to maintain lane.

As part of the guilty plea, Taylor is required to undergo drug testing, counseling and attend weekly court sessions for the program.

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