Baby drugged & smothered by babysitter's 10-year-old daughter
In one of the most horrifying things any parent can imagine, Nicole Greenaway received a call at 1:45 a.m. one morning after leaving her 3-month-old daughter, Brooklyn, with a babysitter overnight. The baby wasn't breathing and doctors later pronounced her dead.
So how did it all happen? In yet another parent's nightmare, it turns out that the babysitter's 10-year-old daughter may be to blame for the baby's death and now prosecutors are claiming manslaughter against the prepubescent girl.
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The case isn't an easy one, though, since it's generating a lot of controversy and tough questions about blame: Is the young defendant competent enough to stand trial? What about her mother, who left her daughter alone with the girl she was babysitting despite Brooklyn Foss-Greenaway's parents' explicit instructions not to do so?
The death itself sounds like a story out of the harshest of nightmares: Brooklyn's mom left her baby girl with coworker Amanda Huard, who put the baby's playpen bassinet in the defendant's room for the night. The babysitter called the mom and then police when she found the baby not breathing in the middle of the night, only to have medical examiners declare Brooklyn's death to be caused by suffocation and have toxicology tests reveal that the baby may have had the 10-year-old girl's ADD medication in her system.
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That's not even to mention that Brooklyn's mom says she saw a black eye and bruises on her daughter's face when she came to the hospital. The whole story sounds terrifying. Now there's a trial with the 10-year-old girl charged with manslaughter and currently being held in state custody until she's due in court in October. If she's found guilty, she could face an 11-year sentence until she's 21 years old.
Where was this girl's mom while all of this was happening, though? So far she has only been reprimanded by a state Department of Health and Human Services coworker who wrote that Brooklyn "died as a result of your neglect." Well, prosecutors should look at THAT too! Seriously, the 10-year-old girl did a horrible thing but she probably didn't know too much better. What about blaming the adult in charge?
What do you think about this case? Should the babysitter's daughter be the only one blamed for baby Brooklyn's death? Share with us in the comments below!
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