RIPR News
3:35 pm
Thu June 17, 2010

RI supreme court rejects appeal from mom in child's death

Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island's highest court has rejected a bid for freedom from a woman acquitted by reason of insanity in the arson killing of her 12-year-old daughter.

Tonya Fuller-Balletta was accused of trapping the girl by locking the doors to her house and setting it ablaze. A judge found her legally insane and not guilty of murder and arson charges in 2007, confining her to the state psychiatric hospital.

The state Supreme Court said Thursday that Fuller-Balletta remains too dangerous to be released into the community.

Fuller-Balletta argued in her appeal that there wasn't enough evidence that she is a threat, and that she should have been placed in an outpatient facility.