Stoddard trial begins over autistic girl's death

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Posted: Monday, June 23, 2014 12:18 pm

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The trial of a Sarasota County woman accused of abusing and killing her step-daughter is now underway.

Misty Stoddard faces a First Degree Murder charge in the death of 11-year-old Melissa Stoddard.

Prosecutors say the young autistic girl was bound and duct taped to a board, causing her death.

The case will be heard by a 14-person jury that was seated last week.

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