Parents convicted of torture, child abuse in daughter's 2008 death could get new trials

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By: Krystal Vivian kvivian@953mnc.com

The parents of a 16-year-old girl who died in a 2008 house fire in Centreville, Mich., could each get a new trial following rulings issued by the Michigan Supreme Court in September and October.

The rulings ordered that 52-year-old Anthony Springer and 45-year-old Marsha Springer be granted hearings in St. Joseph County Circuit Court to determined if their attorneys provided ineffective assistance at their original trials, according to MLive.com.

The Springers were convicted of torture and child abuse for the death of their daughter, Calista Springer, who was tied to her bed with a dog choke chain around her waist when the family home caught fire Feb. 27, 2008. 

Anthony and Marsha said that the Department of Child Services was aware that they tied Calista to her bed because she would often wander and get into trouble at night, WSJM reported.

Read more about the case, including Anthony and Marsha’s attempts to appeal, in the full story from MLive.com.