Woman found guilty, but mentally ill of murder of 3-year-old daughter

By Heartland News

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - A jury found a woman guilty, but mentally ill of first degree murder in the death of her three-year-old daughter.

Karrae Starr was 18 years old when her daughter died.

Police were called to an apartment building in Herrin, Illinois in September 2008.

Someone called 911 about an unresponsive child in an apartment. The girl was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Prosecutors say Starr covered the girl's nose and mouth to kill her.

It took the jury two and a half hours of deliberation before they reached a verdict just before 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Her sentencing will be at the end of May.

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