Nation IN BRIEF : NORTH CAROLINA : Day-Care Abuse Case Goes to Jury

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A jury began weighing evidence to determine if a former day-care center operator molested 12 children in his preschool. Robert F. Kelly Jr., who owned the now-closed Little Rascals Day Care Center with his wife, is charged with 100 counts of sexual abuse. He could get 40 life terms plus 600 years in prison if convicted on all charges. Since August, jurors have heard testimony from 143 witnesses, including eight boys and four girls who recounted tales of abuse at the preschool in Edenton, N.C.

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