An Illinois in-home daycare worker is behind b’ars after she all’egedly caused fa’tal injuri’es to an infant by shaking her and then Googled “shaken baby syndrome.”
According to WAND-TV, citing pol’ice, 24-year-old Taylor Burris told authorities she was caring for 7-week-old Maren Gallagher on May 17, when she was h’it in the head with a ball thrown by another child.
Following the all’eged inj’ury at her Forsyth, Ill., home, Burris then reportedly put Maren down for a nap. Ninety minutes later, she proceeded to feed her a bottle, which Maren vomited back up, police said. The infant was then reportedly taken to the hospital, where she di’ed the next day.
“Dr. Glick would conclude in her preliminary findings that these inj’uries were cau’sed by a vio’lent car crash or shaken baby syndrome,” said Pope, per the outlet. “Dr. Glick would then indicate that since there was no known car cra’sh, she strongly suspected shaken baby syndrome.”
After questioning Burris a second time, she all’egedly confessed to shaking Maren, according to the affidavit. She told investigators the infant was in fact hit in the he’ad with a ball, but following the all’eged inj’ury, she wouldn’t stop crying. Burris then all’egedly proceeded to shake the baby, the affidavit states, per the outlets.
“Taylor admitted she had to tell (the baby’s mother) and police that a softball hit Maren because after she observed Maren’s health declining, she needed a more probable means to account for the significant inj’uries Maren had sustained,” the affidavit states, the Herald & Review reports.
A press release issued by the Sangamon County Coroner’s Office, one of the investigating agencies, said the preliminary autopsy findings “suggested the infant sustained inju’ry to her head. These findings are highly sus’picious.”
According to Macon County J’ail records, a judge ordered Burris’ bail set at $250,000. She faces char’ges of involuntary ma’ns’laughter or re’ckless homicide, aggravated battery and endangering the life of a child.
It wasn’t immediately clear if she retained an attorney or entered a plea.
Burris is due to return to court July 15.
Source & Credit: people.com