Did you catch 48 Hours this past weekend? If you didn’t, its a story you don’t want to miss. Erin Moriarty tells us of the story of little 16-month-old Ben Kingan. He was at daycare and was being cared for Melissa Calusinski when she says she he started to fall asleep.
“Ben was … sittin’ in his bouncy chair, playing with his blanket. …And then he kind of falls back asleep,” she told Moriarty. “When I saw him startin’ to fall asleep, I’m like, ‘Ben, Ben.’ And no response. …he didn’t look right. …and I touched his hand. He did not wake up at all.”
Ben died from his injuries.
The police interrogated Melissa for nine hours. She denied hurting Ben over 70 times, but then she slowly broke down. She confessed to police that she threw Ben to the ground.
But now she says she is innocent and her confession was false.
As an expert in human behavior, I absolutely believe in false confessions and this case has all the hallmarks of it.
If you aren’t familiar with false confessions, I highly suggest reading the information presented by the Innocence Project. They have some great statistics and facts for you.
The Innocence Project found that 60% of confessions of homicide that were later exonerated by DNA were false!!
Think about that.
I am thrilled to see Kathleen Zellner has taken on this case. I regard her as one of the best attorneys in the country. She is amazing! Many thanks to Erin Moriarty and 48 Hours for doing this show.
I support Kathleen Zellner and Melissa Calusinski, and I hope this case gets re-examined.