United States v. Christie, No. 11-2106 (10th Cir. 2013)Annotate this Case
Defendant Rebecca Christie was convicted for second-degree murder and child abuse for the death of her infant daughter. Defendant was an avid player of "World of Warcraft," often engaging gameplay for hours and hours on end. As the Tenth Circuit noted, the neglect of the child wasn't fatal if Defendant's husband was around to provide care. When the husband left for an out-of-state deployment, nine days later the child died from dehydration. Defendant raised multiple issues on appeal, implicating her Fourth and Sixth Amendment rights. After its review of the trial court record, the Tenth Circuit affirmed, finding no violations of Defendant's constitutional rights, or errors entitling her to dismissal of her convictions.