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New trial ordered for woman convicted of killing daughter

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OSKALOOSA, Iowa (AP) -- A judge has ordered a new trial for a woman found guilty more than four years ago of killing her daughter in south-central Iowa's Mahaska County.

Court records say Judge Daniel Wilson last week set aside the first-degree murder conviction of 25-year-old Alicia Ritenour, agreeing with her arguments that her trial attorney had been ineffective. The judge did not release her from state custody and set bail at $500,000. The new trial has not yet been scheduled.

Authorities went to Ritenour's Oskaloosa apartment in January 2014 following a 911 call. Officers found 17-month-old Ava Ritenour dead. An autopsy showed she died of head trauma.

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