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Marcia Mitchell of Batavia, a mentally troubled mother who tried to kill her 7-month-old daughter in a Buffalo hospital has been sentenced to 3 and half years in state prison.
Mitchell claimed that she was not acting rationally when she tried to smother her girl" Kelie at Women and Children's Hospital two years ago.
The judge yesterday also issued an order of protection, barring Mitchell from seeing Kelie for nine years, unless mental health experts and the courts find Mitchell stable, according to The Buffalo News.
Mitchell pleaded guilty last month to a felony charge of attempted first-degree assault for attempting to smother her daughter with a pillow before nurses at the hospital could stop her. In January of this year, Mitchell tried to commit suicide by swallowing a bottle of aspirin.

The water wells of three town of Batavia homes have been rendered unusable after tests showed they were contaminated with e-coli bacteria.
The Genesee County Health Department tested the three wells on State Street Road after homeowners complained that their water was cloudy and had a foul odor.
Officials think the contamination is due to manure spreading at a nearby farm, but there has been no indication the farm violated any rules. Read Full Story

The Genesee ARC, the agency that serves people with developmental disabilities, has announced a major fund raising campaign.
The $750,000 drive will help to build out and equip the agency’s new community center on Woodrow Road.

PHOTO: ARC Executive Director Donna Saskowski talked about the need for the space and the campaign to finish the work 

The fund raising campaign is already at 60-percent of it’s goal, but ARC officials point out the second half of such a campaign can be the hardest to reach.

Governor David Paterson is speaking out about state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo recusing himself from the investigation of scandals plaguing the Paterson administration.  Cuomo is turning to former Chief Judge Judith Kaye to take over two cases involving Paterson. 
Paterson is accused of accepting free World Series tickets then lying about it and allegedly interfering in a domestic violence case involving a top aide.


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