Presumed Innocent

A trial ends with a nanny's tenuous triumph and a baffling whodunit

Parents who opt for live-in child care must often search long and hard for the sort of dedicated young woman who favors pushing strollers over pursuing more glamorous careers or beer-swilling boyfriends. Last year William and Denise Fischer figured they had found the right nanny in Olivia Riner, a demure 20- year-old who had worked as a nurse's assistant in her native Switzerland and had come highly recommended by a referral agency. But only a few weeks after joining the Fischers, Riner was charged with an unthinkable crime: setting fire to the Fischers' Thornwood, N.Y., home and murdering the baby girl...

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