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Maria R. Shepherd


Maria R. Shepherd was wrongly convicted in 1992 of manslaughter in the death of her three-year-old stepdaughter Kasandra in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. Maria was charged with murder based on the opinion of pathologist Charles Smith, who conducted Kasandra's autopsy, that she died from trauma due to at least one blow of "significant force." On February 28, 2016, the Court of Appeal for Ontario, Canada quashed Maria's conviction as a “miscarriage of justice” and ordered her acquittal, because her guilty plea was based on unreliable evidence and flawed evidence by now disgraced pathologist Charles Smith whose medical license was revoked in 2011.