Woman Found Guilty of Murder in Death of Three-Year-Old Girl

FLORENCE, AZ (March 1st, 2023) - A Pinal County Superior Court Judge has found Shawn Main, 53, guilty of First Degree Felony Murder in the death of a three-year-old girl.

The judge also found Main guilty of Child Abuse, a Class Two Felony; and two counts of Child Abuse as Class Four Felonies.

This trial took place as a bench trial, meaning the judge, not a jury, made the determination of guilt or innocence.

On November 19th, 2015, the Pinal County Sheriff's Office responded to Banner Casa Grande Medical Center reference a death investigation of a three-year-old girl. Deputies advised the girl had injuries across her body in addition to an extremely severe diaper rash.

Detectives spoke with the woman who was with the child, identified as Main. Main and her wife were also living with another woman in Maricopa and were reportedly trying to adopt her four children, which included the deceased three-year-old. Main claimed the girl had repeatedly fallen and that is how the severe injuries occurred. During interviews with investigators, Main made conflicting statements about what allegedly took place when the girl was falling to the ground. The state argued, and the court found, that blunt force trauma was the cause of death, with a dozen impacts to the victim's head and face as well as finding the injuries the child sustained were not at all consistent with a child falling on their own.

Sentencing is set for April 10th.