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Grandmother charged with killing granddaughter in court

2:22 PM, Dec 14, 2012   |    comments
Valerie Stenson
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A first Friday for an East Tennessee grandmother accused of killing her granddaughter.

Valerie Stenson went before a judge for the first time since learning she will face the death penalty.

During the status hearing, a judge set a new court date for her in February.

Authorities found 2-year-old Manhattan Inman in Stenson's Oak Ridge apartment last April.

Court documents say the girl's death was especially cruel because Stenson used quote "torture or serious physical abuse beyond what is necessary to cause death."

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