Vicky Shellabarger sits with her lawyer Steve Chamberlain, left, during her murder trial in Allen County Common Pleas Court this week. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)
Vicky Shellabarger sits with her lawyer Steve Chamberlain, left, during her murder trial in Allen County Common Pleas Court this week. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)

LIMA - The mother of the toddler found unresponsive in a downtown Delphos apartment who later died in spring 2018 has been convicted of three of the four charges against her.

A jury on Friday handed down guilty verdicts on involuntary manslaughter and two child endangering charges to 38-year-old Vicky Shellabarger of Convoy after five hours of deliberation. Jurors could not agree on an additional charge of murder.

Shellabarger made the 9-1-1 call at 12:12 a.m. on April 29, 2018, when found her 22-month-old daughter Madilynn unresponsive in the back room of the apartment. Madi was taken St. Rita's where she was pronounced deceased.

Allen County Prosecutor Juergen Waldick formed his case around Shellabarger's statements during two different interviews where she eliminated the possibility of anyone else harming her child, leaving only herself as her daughter's abuser and killer.

Two of Madi's caregivers testified. Dianna Werts of Van Wert had babysat for her the Thursday and Friday before her death and testified via video due to health reasons that there were no bruises or other injuries to Madi's body at that time.

Shellabarger's friend, Rose Colchin of Decatur, Indiana, testified she had changed the toddler's diaper when Colchin and Shellabarger were having lunch between 11 a.m. and noon at McDonald's in Van Wert the Saturday of her death and there were no visible marks on Madi then, either.

Dr. Cynthia Beisser of the Lucas County Coroner's Office and director of child abuse programming for Mercy Health Networ in Toledo Dr. Randall Schleibert both testified is was possible but unlikely Madi could have injured herself in such a way to cause the trauma to her small intestines.

Dr. Beisser told the jury the child's mesentary, the organ that attaches the intestines to the posterior abdominal wall, had been torn from the wall and the toddler bled to death.

Dr. Schleibert noted a few of the bruises on the child's chest could have been from CPR performed by EMTs and a few others by being a kid but not the ones on the abdomen or back. There were 32 bruises on the child.

"The only thing that makes sense is she was beaten to death," he said. "Her death is definitely abuse-related."

Shellabarger had been visiting a boyfriend in Delphos when the incident occurred.

She will be sentenced at a later date.