A nurse of 49 years was sentenced Tuesday to 9 years imprisonment by the foundations of the Val de Marne, for causing the death of a baby 7 months by projecting his recliner ground repeatedly. This penalty is less than that required by the Advocate General, who had claimed between 12 and 14 years imprisonment. Tried for “voluntary violence causing death without intention to kill”, this former childminder, converted in hairdressing, appearing free, nearly eight years after the facts.
On 3 October 2008, the childminder had alerted the emergency because the small Charlotte, she kept only for a month, was “limp”. His death had been pronounced after four hours of intensive care. Licensed for 17 years at the material time, the nanny had denied any inappropriate gesture and spoke a simple malaise to lunch. She enjoyed the confidence of parents, residing in Saint-Maur-des-Fosses (Val-de-Marne).
The “shaken baby syndrome”
This is only a year and a half later in May 2010, two medical experts, after several examinations and reports had claimed with certainty that Charlotte’s death was the result of “shaken baby syndrome”. In custody, the nurse had first denied, then admitted having raised half a meter in the lounger which rested the child before spraying the ground, “than three or four times.”
“I’m so sorry, so sorry. I never thought I would do something like this,” blew the accused, in tears, at the opening of the trial.
Investigations revealed previous cases of abuse of several young children, some facts dating back to the late 1990. In 2004, a mother had broken the contract with the nurse after having recovered his son “on the back, haggard look,” according to the testimony of the police captain in charge of the investigation. In 2006, Clara, 7 months, had suffered intracranial pressure requiring the placement of a drain. These facts, and many others, are also being investigated in disjoint procedures.
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