Babysitter facing death for slaying 3-month-old
GATESVILLE, Texas -- The offer of child care posted on a message board at the entrance to his suburban Austin neighborhood caught Eryn Baugh's attention.
Baby-sitter Cathy Lynn Henderson lived two blocks from the Baughs. The 50-year-old Henderson appeared to be a perfect fit for their three-month-old son Brandon and his two-year-old sister, Megan.
Baugh said of Henderson that "She's the most sweet endearing person in the world and put forward this good Christian front." She added that Henderson "could sell snow to an Eskimo."
Henderson's now set to die in less than three weeks for the death of Brandon Baugh -- a slaying that in early 1994 made her one of the most hated women in Texas.
Sister Helen Prejean of "Dead Man Walking" fame is championing Henderson's defense. The anti-death penalty activist insists Brandon died in an accidental fall and that Henderson's decision to bury him and flee was made in panic, not cold blood.
Henderson's lethal injection, initially scheduled for last month, was reset for June 13 after lawyers obtained for her by Prejean won a delay. She and her supporters say new engineering data interpreting Brandon's skull fracture could better support Henderson's contention the child's death was an accident and her life should be spared.
Henderson would be the fourth woman executed in the nation's busiest capital punishment state, where 393 prisoners have been given lethal injection since 1982. Nationally, she'd be just the 12th woman among the nearly eleven-hundred convicted killers executed since capital punishment resumed in the United States in 1977.
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