Jury selection begins in Kirk’s Law criminal case

(Photo supplied/Elkhart County Sheriff's Department)

The woman who allegedly killed a New Paris toddler that inspired a new state law is having her trial this week.

Jury selection began Monday in the trial of Jackie Rolston. However, many jurors had to be dismissed because they probably wouldn’t be partial in the case, according to our reporting partners at ABC 57.

Rolston is charged with a single count of battery resulting in the death of a child.

Initially, she told police in Oct. 2014 that Kirk Coleman was choking on his lunch. But Coleman died ours later, and a coroner ruled he died of blunt force injuries.

Rolston was actually convicted of neglect of a dependent. However, Coleman’s family worked to get Kirk’s Law passed, which requires the creation of a database of people convicted of child abuse. That database must be up and running by July 1, 2017.

RELATED: Indiana child abuse registry would be created under proposed Kirk’s Law

Related: Wrongful death suit filed against Jackie Rolston in connection to death of New Paris toddler

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