After only 11 months of life, an infant was beaten to death by his babysitter at an unlicensed daycare in Fairburn.
Little Jaylen Kelly died from a broken back and internal bleeding on June 1, 2011, according to the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office.
On Thursday, the 44-year-old babysitter who beat him to death was sentenced to 10 years in prison, officials said.
Ms. Maria Owens was found guilty last Friday of two counts of felony murder, aggravated assault, first-degree cruelty to children and felony involuntary manslaughter in the infant’s death, the district attorney’s spokeswoman Ms. Yvette Brown said.
“The state is extremely disappointed with the court’s ruling and we will be seeking an appeal of the court’s sentence,” Fulton County Assistant District Attorney Pete Johnson said, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The investigation began when emergency crews were called to the home at 3051 Broadleaf Trail on a report of an unresponsive child.
The baby boy was transported to Piedmont Fayette Hospital and then airlifted to the Children's Hospital of Atlanta at Egleston where he later died.
Ms. Owens told detectives she struck the baby a few times on his side to help him ‘clear his cough.’ She claimed he later began to gasp and then became unresponsive.
At trial, several medical professionals testified the baby was killed by an extremely hard blow to the back resulting in a fractured spine, prosecutors said.
“The medical examiner ruled the cause of death as blunt force trauma of the torso which also resulted in massive internal bleeding,” Ms. Brown said.
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