Babysitter shakes 9-month-old baby to death

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By: Chan Yuan 

A babysitter was arrested, charged and convicted of manslaughter after shaking a baby until it died, prosecutors in New York said.

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced that a jury has found 42-year-old Yohani Moran, guilty of manslaughter in the death of the 9-month-old baby, who was violently shaken.

District Attorney Brown said: “Shaken Baby Syndrome is the leading cause of child abuse deaths each year. The victims are innocent, helpless children and are too often harmed by those
entrusted to care for and protect them. In this case, the toddler suffered extensive bleeding on the brain, swelling and damage to his eyes. Despite life-saving efforts by medical personnel, the child died. The defendant - who is herself a mother - has now been found guilty and faces a lengthy term behind bars.”

Moran of 35-47 64 Street in the Woodside section of Queen, was found guilty of second-degree manslaughter following a four-week-long trial before Queens Supreme Court Justice Richard Buchter.

The defendant faces up to 15 years in prison.

Dilan Criollo, was dropped off by his mother at the defendant’s Woodside apartment approximately 2:00 p.m.

At that time, the little boy was vibrant and in good health. The babysitter fed the child and afterwards he took a nap.

Later that afternoon, when the toddler became fussy the defendant shook him violently and he immediately went limp and became unresponsive.

The toddler was taken to a hospital, where doctors determined that he had suffered extensive subdural hematomas, severe brain swelling and bleeding in his eye as well as a bilateral retinal detachment.

The little boy was placed on a ventilator and later died.