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Kimberly Fry Found Guilty Of Strangling Daughter, 8

Kimberly Fry Guilty

First Posted: 10/07/11 10:47 AM ET Updated: 12/07/11 05:12 AM ET

By LAURA CRIMALDI, Associated Press

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. -- A Rhode Island mother has been convicted of strangling her 8-year-old daughter in 2009 after the girl refused to take a bath and threw a two-hour tantrum.

Kimberly Fry grimaced Thursday as she was found guilty of second-degree murder in daughter Camden's death. She faces up to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 20 years.

Jurors deliberated 5 1/2 hours over two days before reaching their decision. They could consider second-degree murder or manslaughter charges.

Fry's lawyer called Camden's death "a tragic accident" and said the girl had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and was prone to tantrums.

But prosecutors said Fry strangled Camden, then tucked her lifeless body into bed with her favorite stuffed animal. Camden's father found the girl dead in her bed the next morning.