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School aide fired after call about '65 killing

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Posted: Oct 24, 2012 12:30 PM
Source: Associated Press/Office of Gov. Bobby Jindal

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Topics: School aide, Iowa, fired, torture, 1965, Paula Pace, false information, Paula Baniszewski, manslaughter, murder, Sylvia Likens, WBRZ

DES MOINES, Iowa - An Iowa teacher's aide has been fired after school officials learned she was the member of an Indianapolis family who tortured and killed a girl in the basement of their home in 1965.

BCLUW school district superintendent Ben Petty says Paula Pace was fired by the school board Tuesday for providing false information on her application. He says he can't discuss the case further.

The district learned last week from the county sheriff that Pace was Paula Baniszewski, formerly of Indianapolis, who had been convicted of manslaughter for participating in the torture and murder of 16-year-old Sylvia Likens in 1965.

The sheriff says he had received an anonymous call about Pace's former name. She served a prison sentence and was paroled and currently faces no criminal charges.

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