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Woman won’t get new trial in Bartlett shaken-baby case

PamelJacobazzi / phofrom Illinois Dept. Corrections

Pamela Jacobazzi / photo from Illinois Dept. of Corrections

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Updated: October 23, 2013 6:44AM

WHEATON — DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced today that Judge Robert Kleeman has denied former Bartlett daycare operator Pamela Jacobazzi’s attempt to win a new trial after she was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to 32 years in prison in the death of a 10-month-old boy left in her care.

“My office has maintained all along that Pamela Jacobazzi alone is responsible for the death of Matthew Czapski,” Berlin said. “Fourteen years ago, after a fair trial where Pamela Jacobazzi was represented by counsel of her choice, my office proved and a jury agreed that Matthew’s death was the result of shaken baby syndrome. We also proved, and the jury agreed, that it was Ms. Jacobazzi who killed Matthew. The facts and circumstances of the case haven’t changed in the last 14 years.”

Jacobazzi, who is now in her late 50s, was convicted of shaking Matthew Czapski of Bartlett on Aug. 11, 1994 while she was running a daycare center in her home on Harbor Terrace in Bartlett.

The boy, who was 10 months old, remained hospitalized in a coma until he died more than a year later.

on Dec. 19, 1995.

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