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Police issue trespass notice to mother of deceased toddler

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PITTSFORD, Vt. - The tragic death of a Poultney toddler has led to a battle over the little girl's estate and legal action against her mother.

The Pittsford Police Department issued a trespass notice against Deziree Sheldon's mother, Sandra Eastman. She's been ordered to stay away from the Pittsford property where her estranged husband, Dennis Duby, is staying. He's charged with murdering the little girl by crushing her skull and is out on bail. The order was issued after Duby's family saw Eastman driving near the home.

"We do receive quite a few calls from Dennis Duby and family," said Chief Mike Warfle from the Pittsford Police Department.

The order is good for two years.

"We didn't want any more situations to arise down there so we did this to be cautious, to let Sandra know she was not welcome there," said Warfle.

And Wednesday, a judge denied Eastman's request to become co-administrator of Dezirae Sheldon's estate with the deceased toddler's biological father, Willis "Buddy" Sheldon.

Court papers show Eastman requested access to money from a fundraiser in Dezirae's honor after her death.

Eastman told the court she was the child's "primary caregiver" and should have rights to that money.

Eastman had just gotten Dezirae back after losing custody of her for pleading guilty to child cruelty for failing to get Dezirae prompt medical care for a broken leg.*

Buddy Sheldon argued that he wants to use the funds to refurbish a park in Dezirae's name and give any additional money to children in need.

The judge agreed with the biological father.

*Editor's note: Authorities brought to our attention on June 26, 2014, that WCAX News previously reported Sandra Eastman was convicted of breaking Dezirae Sheldon's leg. That was incorrect. Eastman was convicted of child cruelty by medical neglect. We apologize for the error.

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