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Wiscasset woman pleads not guilty to killing 4-year-old girl

Wiscasset woman pleads not guilty to killing 4-year-old girl

WISCASSET — A Wiscasset woman pleaded not guilty Friday to a charge that she caused the death last month of Kendall Chick , a 4-year-old girl in her care. Photo courtesy Two Bridges Regional Jail Shawna Gatto, 43, appeared in Lincoln County Superior Court before Justice William Stokes to formally face the charge of murder with depraved indifference for the value of human life.

Stokes set bail at $250,000 cash pending a hearing scheduled for next week. Gatto has been held at Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset since her Dec. 14 arrest.

Gatto spoke only briefly when Stokes asked her how she wished to plead.

“Not guilty,” she replied.

Gatto, who lived on Crickett’s Lane with her fiancé, Stephen Hood, is suspected of causing the death of Chick, who had been living with the couple for two years. The girl was the granddaughter of Hood but her own parents’ whereabouts are not known.

Chick died from blunt force trauma to the abdomen, the state Medical Examiner’s Office ruled in an autopsy, but Gatto told investigators that she doesn’t know how the girl was injured.This story will be updated.Share

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