Real Justice: Branded a Baby Killer

The Story of Tammy Marquardt

From the Series Lorimer Real Justice

  • Interest Level: Grade 9 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

In 1991, nineteen-year-old Tammy Marquardt gave birth to a baby boy. Two years later he was dead. Tammy was convicted of his murder and sent to prison for life. Her conviction hinged largely on the evidence given by pediatric forensic pathologist Dr. Charles Smith. At the time, Dr. Smith was considered top in his field and his findings went unquestioned. Tammy spent fourteen years in prison for a murder she did not commit. Then, an inquiry found that Dr. Smith was unqualified for his position and he had made serious errors in dozens of cases. Tammy was released on bail in 2009 and eventually acquitted of all charges in 2011.

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Interest Level Grade 9 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre High/Low, Social Studies, Young Adult
Copyright 2017
Publisher James Lorimer and Company Ltd., Publishers
Imprint Lorimer Children & Teens
Language English
Number of Pages 120
Publication Date 2022-11-01
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS YAN031000, YAN006140, YAN018060
Dewey 364.152'3092
Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
Lexile 740
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Author/Illustrator note, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Table of contents, Teaching Guides, and Timeline

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Lorimer Real Justice

True stories of wrongfully convicted youths who eventually clear their names. These high/low biographies feature compelling storylines, a readable page layout, photos, a glossary and a timeline to appeal to reluctant readers. They are perfect for sparking meaningful discussions on… View available downloads →