Cynthia was convicted of murder and other child abuse charges for the death of Rica on November 19. The child, who was Baker’s boyfriend’s daughter, suffered intestinal perforation after Baker kicked her in the stomach. Rica suffered for up to five days before she was finally taken to the hospital where she died on January 26.
Baker is scheduled to be sentenced on January 31. She is facing a possible life sentence because the jury found the murder to be heinous and with wanton cruelty.
Baker’s new attorney, Phil Finegan, will be representing her as she seeks a new tail based on a claim of ineffective assistance of counsel during her original murder trial.
A hearing is now set for January 3. Finegan told WGLT that he is asking the court for some time in order to review the trial transcripts.