A Palmdale, California woman was convicted on Wednesday of second-degree murder charges for the death of a 5-month-old boy last year.
Brittany Ann Ingrassi, 21, was found guilty of one count each of second-degree murder, assault on a child causing death, assault on a child becoming comatose and child abuse according to the Los Angeles Daily News.
The babysitter’s attorney argued that it wasn’t Ingrassi that killed the baby. Instead, the lawyer claimed that the injuries were caused by a French bulldog owned by the baby’s family.
“We firmly believe the injuries came from the dog,” Ingrassi’s attorney said. “I respect the jury’s verdict, but we will appeal.”
Aiden Lopez was left under Ingrassi’s care in March 2016, according to the report. Lopez’ mother returned home that evening to find Ingrassi outside her home. Ingrassi told Lopez the baby wasn’t breathing. The boy’s mother then called 911.
Lopez suffered skull fractures and a traumatic brain injury. He was taken to a local hospital and he died four days later, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Ingrassi faces 25 years to life.
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