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May 2, 1994 | THOM MROZEK and ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Smiling, cooing babies aren't supposed to fall unconscious and die after parents leave them at the sitter's. But in 1990, two baby boys died within three months while in the care of PTA president and unlicensed sitter Debra Suzanne Cummings. Since then, the criminal justice system has struggled to resolve whether the deaths were a tragic coincidence or murder.
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July 10, 1990 | PATRICIA KLEIN LERNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Reseda mother and PTA president, charged with murdering an infant she cared for in her home and also under investigation in the death of another baby, was described Monday as a "caring and sweet" baby-sitter who is loved by children she cared for and still trusted by their parents.
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August 29, 1990 | PATRICIA KLEIN LERNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 32-year-old Reseda baby-sitter and PTA president was ordered Tuesday to stand trial on a charge she killed a 9-month-old baby who died of a head injury he suffered while under her care. After a preliminary hearing in Van Nuys Municipal Court, Judge Leslie Ann Dunn ruled that the prosecution had presented sufficient evidence to hold Debra Suzanne Cummings for trial on one count of murder in the June 16 death of Kevin Young.
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June 4, 1992 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In testimony against his mother, an 18-year-old witness in a murder trial Wednesday uttered the name of a child the defendant is accused of killing in another case. The act prompted a request by the woman's lawyer that the charge be dismissed. The request was denied. The judge cut short Wednesday's testimony and said he will deal with the matter when the trial resumes Monday.
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June 4, 1992
In testimony against his mother, an 18-year-old witness in a murder trial Wednesday uttered the name of a child his mother is accused of killing in another case, prompting a request by the woman's lawyer that the charge in the murder trial be dismissed. The judge denied the request but cut short Wednesday's testimony, saying he will deal with the matter when the trial resumes Monday.
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August 29, 1990
A 32-year-old Reseda baby-sitter and PTA president was ordered Tuesday to stand trial on charges she murdered a 9-month-old baby who died of a head injury he suffered while under her care. Van Nuys Municipal Court Judge Leslie Ann Dunn ruled that the prosecution had presented sufficient evidence to hold Debra Suzanne Cummings for trial on one count of murder in the June 16 death of Kevin Young.
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August 5, 1992 | JULIO MORAN
A Van Nuys Superior Court judge Tuesday refused to dismiss charges against a Reseda baby-sitter accused of killing a 9-month-old child in her care, opening the way for a new trial. Judge Michael Farrell also allowed Debra Suzanne Cummings' attorney, Joe Ingber, to withdraw from the case. Ingber said he is withdrawing from the case because Cummings has not paid him since October, 1990. A deputy public defender will be appointed to represent Cummings.
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July 19, 1990 | PATRICIA KLEIN LERNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Reseda couple whose 9-month-old son died while in the care of a baby-sitter who is now charged with his murder filed a Superior Court lawsuit Wednesday seeking unspecified monetary damages. The wrongful death lawsuit, filed in Van Nuys Superior Court by Kevin Young and Toni Majoy-Young, accuses Debra Suzanne Cummings of intentionally causing the death of their infant son, Kevin.
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July 15, 1992 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The trial of a former PTA president charged with murdering a 9-month-old boy she was baby-sitting ended in a deadlock Tuesday, setting off an outburst of tears, screams and furious confrontations among jurors, participants and the defendant's family. Climaxing a three-month trial and eight days of deliberations, a Van Nuys Superior Court judge declared a mistrial in the case against Debra Suzanne Cummings, 34, of Reseda after the jury declared itself hopelessly deadlocked 7 to 5 for acquittal.
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July 29, 1994 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former PTA president from Reseda charged with murdering a 9-month-old boy placed in her care was acquitted Thursday in Van Nuys Superior Court. In an abrupt climax to a retrial that had focused national attention on the quality and affordability of child care, a jury deliberated seven hours before acquitting Debra Suzanne Cummings, 36, of second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter and child endangerment.
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