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Henry Co. commission candidate charged in child's death released on bond

HENRY COUNTY, Ga. -- A Henry County foster mother and county commission candidate is out on bail after the death of a 2-year-old child in her care.

Jennifer Rosenbaum was released Tuesday night on $100,000 bond.

Henry County 911 received the emergency call from Rosenbaum on Nov. 17 as the Rosenbaum who was later charged with murder and child abuse.

On the call, Rosenbaum sounded frantic and panicked. She reported that the child, Laila Marie Daniel, appeared to be choking on food and was having trouble breathing.

However, arrest warrants for Rosenbaum said she struck the child so hard in her abdomen that she sustained a transected pancreas – an injury the affidavit was a “major contributing factor to the child’s death.”

Rosenbaum's husband, Joseph, is also accused of abusing Laila, and her 4-year old sister, who was also living in the home. The 4-year-old was described as having injuries "about her body in its entirety (head, chest, abdomen, pelvis, back, arms and legs.)"  She is believed to have testified to the abuse she and Laila endured.

Attorney Corinne Mull says the Rosenbaums are being falsely accused.

"These are two very innocent people.  Big mistake has been made and we intend to correct that mistake," said Mull after the couple's first court appearance. "[The two children] been in abusive homes serially and there's no telling where they were abused."

In an interview on Tuesday, Mull said that Rosenbaum, a former foster child herself, was dedicating her life to helping foster children.

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