An unidentified 10 year old Maine girl has been charged with manslaughter for suffocating to death, a 3-month-old baby. Due in Juvenile court in October, the girl is the youngest person in the last 25 years to be charged with manslaughter in Maine.
The toddler, 3 month old Brooklyn Foss Greenaway was being cared for by the baby sitter at the time of her death. The daughter of the baby sitter is the perpetrator of this heinous crime. The autopsy which showed that the baby had been suffocated, also revealed the presence of medication used to treat attention deficit disorder in her system.
The toddler’s mother Nicole “Nicki” Greenaway said she saw bruises on her daughter’s body and while she’s happy that the girl has been charged; she believes the mother should also be held responsible as the baby was in her care when this happened.
“I feel a little bit of relief that they’re charging her (the sitter’s) daughter at this point, but the mom really needs to be responsible. She’s the one I left my daughter with,” Greenaway said.
Brooklyn was in the baby sitter’s care overnight in nearby Fairfield. The sitter called police early July 8 to report that the infant was not breathing, authorities said. Emergency workers who arrived minutes later reported the child was unresponsive.
Greenaway said that the 10-year-old had changed her baby’s diaper in the past, but that she had told the sitter an adult needed to be present at all times. Instead, the infant, who was reportedly fussy that night, was sleeping in a portable crib in the same room as the 10-year-old, Greenaway said.