Grand jury indicts mother with murder, more for death of 1-year-old baby

SALAMANCA, N.Y. (WIVB) — A woman who was originally charged with manslaughter following the death of 1-year-old baby Mila Whipple is facing more serious charges following a grand jury indictment.

The indictment charges mother Leslie A. Finch, with two counts second degree murder, manslaughter in the first degree, manslaughter in the second degree, reckless assault of a child, assault in the first degree, two counts of second degreemila whipple, salamanca 1-year-oldassault and endangering the welfare of a child.

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Police investigated the death of the 1-year-old child in both April and May, and came to the conclusion that the child’s mother hit the child.

Since her arraignment where Finch was jailed on $100,000 bond, she has since posted bond. Finch will be scheduled to be arraigned again. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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