Babysitter kills 2-year-old boy by beating him with a whipBy Mason White 12:08 PM November 20, 2015
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By: Feng Qian
A babysitter was arrested on a charge of murder after beating a 2-year-old boy with a whip until he died, police in California said.
Now, 22-year-old Niesiia Johnson of La Puente, has been found guilty of second-degree murder and assault on a child causing death in connection with the killing of 2-year-old Atreyu M.
Johnson faces a possible maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison.
According to the police investigation, Johnson babysat for the child’s mother on multiple weekends during the three months before his death.
The boy had been with the defendant for the ten days, leading up to his death.
One morning, the defendant claimed that after she exited the shower, she found the boy hunched over and bleeding from his nose and mouth.
Paramedics arrived at the scene, and the child was taken to the hospital, where he later died.
The boy’s body exhibited extensive abuse including severe bruising on his face and behind, and whip marks on several areas of his body.
Blood found in the defendant’s bathroom, bedroom and clothing linked her to the fatal beating.