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In first interview, Melissa Calusinski says she gave false confession to day care center murder

Melissa Calusinski felt nothing when a judge sentenced her last week to 31 years in prison.

It was a stark contrast to the shock and horror that she said overwhelmed her when she was found guilty three months ago of murdering a Deerfield toddler at a Lincolnshire day care center where she worked.

This time, she was prepared.

“It’s just a number to me, because I know I am innocent,” Calusinski said from Lake County Jail, in her first media interview since her 2009 arrest. “I know that I’m going to get out of here, and I am going to do whatever it takes to prove my innocence.”


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