STOCKTON (CBS13) – A San Joaquin County jury has found Aushua McDuff-Brown guilty of second-degree murder in the death of a 3-year-old boy last year in downtown Stockton.
Police say McDuff-Brown, 22, was fighting with another woman in a parking lot at Madison Market on Oct. 3 when she got into her car and tried to run down the woman. Instead, she hit 3-year-old boy, Ruben Ramirez, pinning him against a wall. He later died from his injuries.
McDuff-Brown fled to the Los Angeles area but was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service.
The jury came back with its verdict at about 3:40 p.m. Wednesday. Prosecutors had sought a first-degree murder conviction.
“The issue really was not what happened but what was her intent?” Deputy District Attorney Mark Ott said. “And so after presenting the evidence, the jury felt her intent was malice.”
Neither McDuff-Brown’s family nor the boy’s family commented after the verdict was read.
McDuff-Brown is due back in court for sentencing in December.