AUGUSTA, Maine — A superior court justice on Tuesday found 44-year-old Shawna Gatto guilty of depraved indifference murder in the Dec. 8, 2017, death of 4-year-old Kendall Chick at their Wiscasset home.
Superior Court Justice William Stokes delivered his verdict just before 2 p.m. at the Capitol Judicial Center, where less than a month ago he presided over Gatto’s bench trial.
Stokes described the abuse inflicted by Gatto as “outrageous, revolting, shocking and brutal,” and said “such conduct can only be described as torture.”
Stokes said Gatto’s insistence that Chick injured herself was “inherently incredible” and “utterly unworthy of belief.”
Chick was the granddaughter of Gatto’s fiance, Stephen Hood. The Maine Department of Health and Human Services removed Chick from her mother’s custody and placed her with Gatto and Hood three years before her death.