The second trial of a Martinez woman charged in the death of a toddler she was baby-sitting started Tuesday.
Lawanda Concettes Tripp, 41, is charged with murder in the 2009 death of 22-month-old Teaira Michele Hall, who was in Tripp’s care when she died from head injuries.
The original trial began Aug. 6. Superior Court Judge Michael N. Annis declared a mistrial on Aug. 11, when jurors announced they were deadlocked after more than 11 hours of deliberation.
“Time is of the essence in this case,” Annis said.