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CHILD KILLER, FACING PROTEST, DECIDES AGAINST NAME CHANGE

Mark Christie, who abducted and strangled 4-year-old Kali Ann Poulton in a Rochester suburb in 1994, has changed his mind about changing his name.

Christie's effort to escape what he calls the "high notoriety" of his crime drew a public outcry: Led by Kali Ann's mother, Judy Tosh, more than 100,000 people signed petitions objecting to the name change.

In response, a state judge in Plattsburgh who had granted Christie's wish in July vacated his order last week so that objections could be filed at a hearing next month.

The next day, Christie wrote to the judge asking to withdraw his request.

"I don't think Mark would be stepping back and throwing up the white flag unless we had such a great outpouring of support from the community," Tosh said Tuesday on learning of Christie's decision.

Her only child vanished in 1994 while riding her tricycle in Pittsford. Christie lived about 100 yards away.

Christie was not arrested until 1996, when he confessed to his wife.

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