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Mother of slain toddler speaks out

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RUTLAND, Vt. - A Poultney man accused of murdering a Vermont toddler - has been released from prison. Officials confirm 31-year-old Dennis Duby was let out on $250 thousand dollars bail. Saturday, the baby's mother speaks out for the first time.

"She was always a happy baby, always. She always had a big grin on her face. I'm sure you've seen pictures of her, she was beautiful," said Dezirae Sheldon's mother, Sandra Eastman.

Eastman says her heart is broken after losing her 2-year-old daughter Dezirae in February. Her estranged husband, Dennis Duby, is charged with the murder and Eastman thinks he should pay for the crime.

"I don't think there's a great enough punishment for him. I really don't." Eastman said.

Eastman is furious that the man accused of crushing her daughter's skull is out of prison after posting bail early Saturday morning. She claims Duby had her fooled during the eight years she has known him, and the 11 months they were married. She always believed he had nothing to do with Dezirae's death until she says she talked to police.

"The detectives came in and they told me, he did not do so well on his polygraph tests. That's when I knew for sure, he was the one that did it," she said.

She claims she never saw signs of Duby exhibiting aggressive behavior towards Dezirae but now she believes he was jealous of her friendship with Dezirae's father.

"I think that's what fueled the fire. He took it out on her that's what I feel," Eastman said.

Eastman has also been in trouble with the law. She was convicted of abusing Dezirae last year and admits to lying to the Department of Children and Families about it.

"I panicked and I started making things up because I didn't know, you know, and I didn't want to lose my baby," she said.

But now, she says, if officials had removed to the child, things may have been different.

"She would be here today if that was done, you know. She wouldn't have been back with me, but I would rather her be alive then somewhere else," Eastman said.

A grieving mom who misses her daughter terribly.

"She was, she was beautiful. She had the biggest personality of anyone I've ever seen in my life."

Eastman says she has filed for divorce from Duby and has not spoken to him. He is due back in court April 28th.
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