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Convicted Babysitter To Be Released Today

We're learning more details about the release of a woman, convicted of leaving a child to die in a hot car.

11-month-old Bryan Puckett died in July of 1999. Now, nearly 9 years later, his babysitter is about to be a free woman.

William and Michelle Puckett found out Tuesday, their former baby sitter, Karen Murphy, would be released from prison this week.

The Lexington woman left Puckett and her own son inside a locked car at a shopping center. It's estimated temperatures reached between 145 and 165 degrees in the car. Murphy's son survived, but Bryan Puckett died. The case led state lawmakers to pass Bryan's Law which stiffened penalties for leaving children unattended in cars.

Murphy was sentenced to 13 years in prison after being convicted of manslaughter, criminal abuse, and endangering the welfare of a child.

Corrections officials tell us Murphy has served eight years of that sentence. Her release is based on a number of conditions, including time off for good behavior. She wont on probation or parole.

The Puckett's tell 27NEWSFIRST they were upset about finding out about her release less than 48 hours before it happens. The state says their system of notification only requires victims' families to be notified in advance of the release but there is no specific time table.


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