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The victim was born in June 2004 and had no major health issues except asthma (which was under control). In 2005, the victim's mother was incarcerated. In March 2006, the child went to live with appellant, who was the mother's cousin, and her boyfriend, co-defendant Corey Brown. In early 2007, appellant found the victim fallen over in the car seat she had placed him in while she was cooking. Realizing he was not breathing, appellant took the unresponsive victim over to a neighbor's house and the neighbor called 911. When first responders arrived, they noted that the victim had no pulse and was not breathing and so they rushed him to the hospital. Despite heroic measures, the child could not be revived. At trial, the medical examiner testified that the child died from battered child syndrome. The child had approximately 200 non-accidental injuries, some of which were acute and some of which were at various stages of healing. These injuries included, among other things, bruising and scarring all over the child's body, blunt force trauma to the brain, bruised kidneys, a necrotic (gangrenous) toe, which resulted from an immersion burn, and bruised and swollen genitalia. The medical examiner testified that the child was also malnourished and had ketones which was indicative of starvation. Appellant Andrea Wilson appeals her convictions for felony murder and other crimes related to the death of the victim, Prince Davis. Appellant argued that the evidence was insufficient to convict because the medical examiner could not pinpoint any one injury or act by appellant that caused the child's death. Appellant also alleged her trial attorneys were constitutionally ineffective when they failed to object, based on hearsay and Confrontation Clause grounds, to the custodial statements co-defendant Brown made to police. Finding no reversible error, the Supreme Court affirmed.