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MOTHER'S STATEMENT CAN BE USED AT HER TRIAL

Kirsten Vanderlinde's statement about acting "for world peace" that she made to police shortly after she fatally injured her 8-month-old daughter can be used against her in her scheduled murder trial, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Erie County Judge Shirley Troutman upheld the right of prosecutors to use the former Buffalo substitute teacher's "spontaneous utterances" against her to challenge her attorney's contention that she has a valid insanity defense for the May 28 infanticide in North Buffalo.

Based on testimony by Buffalo Detective Mary Gugliuzza, the first detective to arrive as officers subdued Vanderlinde, 36, outside her Kenmore Avenue flat as medics worked there to try to revive her daughter, the judge ruled that all of her crime scene statements were admissible as prosecution evidence.

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