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Our D.A. Could Have Done a Little Checking

June 22, 2003

Re "Infant Murder Charges Dropped," June 11:

How much longer can Orange County voters put up with the incompetence of Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas?

A Superior Court judge threw out first-degree murder charges against Teresa Hurtado, a young woman who had been incarcerated since May 5, after the district attorney's office claimed that she had caused the death of an infant when baby-sitting. Had they bothered to check on the child's health record or even waited for the autopsy results, which clearly showed that the child had a congenital heart defect, this young innocent woman could have been spared the nightmare of being held in jail.

Peter Moore

Long Beach

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