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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - The Latest on the trial of a former Oklahoma day care owner charged with murder in the death of a 4-month-old girl (all times local):

6:10 p.m.

A jury has convicted a former Oklahoma day care owner charged in the 2016 death of an infant left in her care.

The Norman Transcript reports jurors on Thursday found 47-year-old Melissa Dawn Clark guilty of first-degree murder and recommended she serve life in prison with the chance of parole.

Clark had pleaded not guilty in the July 2016 death of Braelyn Zachary. Clark has said she accidentally dropped the baby.

Prosecutors say Clark shook the 4-month-old girl.

Neuropathologist Dr. Roland Auer testified for the defense Wednesday that the child's injuries could not have been caused just by being shaken.

Pediatrician Dr. Sarah Passmore testified for prosecutors that "shaking was likely involved" in the childs death.

Clark will be sentenced Dec. 13.

1:40 p.m.

A jury has begun deliberations in the trial of a former Oklahoma day care owner charged with murder in the 2016 death of an infant left in her care.

The Norman Transcript reports that jurors got the case of 47-year-old Melissa Dawn Clark on Thursday afternoon.

Clark has pleaded not guilty in the July 2016 death of Braelyn Zachary. Clark has said she accidentally dropped the baby.

Prosecutors say Clark shook the 4-month-old girl.

Neuropathologist Dr. Roland Auer testified for the defense Wednesday that the child's injuries could not have been caused just by being shaken.

Pediatrician Dr. Sarah Passmore testified for prosecutors that "shaking was likely involved" in the child's death.

Clark faces up to life in prison if convicted.

10:25 a.m.

Jury deliberations could begin in the murder trial of a former day care owner in Noble who's charged with murder in the death of a 4-month-old girl.

The Norman Transcript reports that the defense has rested in the trial of 47-year-old Melissa Dawn Clark and the case could go to jury on Thursday.

Clark has pleaded not guilty in the July 2016 death of Braelyn Zachary, who prosecutors say was shaken by Clark. Clark has said she accidentally dropped the baby.

Neuropathologist Dr. Roland Auer testified for the defense Wednesday that the child's injuries could not have been caused just by being shaken.

Pediatrician Dr. Sarah Passmore testified for prosecutors that "shaking was likely involved" in the child's death.

Clark faces up to life in prison if convicted.

Information from: The Norman Transcript, http://www.normantranscript.com

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