N.S. Crown wont appeal acquittal of man accused in little girls death

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TRURO, N.S. - The Crown says it will no longer appeal a Nova Scotia judge's decision to acquit a man in the death of a three-year-old girl.
Terry Dean Allen was found not guilty in September of manslaughter in the death of Samantha Mercer.
The toddler died in March 2005 while in the care of Allen, who was living with Samantha's mother in Truro, N.S.
Chris Hansen, a spokeswoman for the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service, says a legal analysis of the ruling found there weren't enough grounds for a successful appeal.
Evidence during the trial indicated Mercer suffered a severe head injury, eight fractured vertebrae, a fractured arm and many bruises.
Allen denied hurting the girl and said she fell down a flight of stairs.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service

Geographic location: TRURO, Nova Scotia

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