A California woman has been charged with killing a baby boy she was paid to watch while under the influence of alcohol.
31-year-old Brittany Ann Ingrassi of Palmdale, California has been found guilty on several charges. These include one count each of second-degree murder, assault on a child becoming comatose, assault on a child causing death and child abuse. The jury also learned that Ingrassi personally inflicted several injuries on her victim.
On March 22, 2016, the Lopez family hired Ingrassi to babysit their child, Aiden Lopez. Ingrassi is sais to be a longtime friend of the baby’s father. When baby’s Aidan’s mother returned that evening, Ingrassi reportedly met her outside the home. Ingrassi told her that the baby was not breathing.
Ingrassi’s lawyer tried to blame family dog for baby’s fatal injuries.
After Aidan’s learned what was happening, she immediately called 911. Paramedics transported the unconscious baby to a local hospital. It soon became clear that the baby boy was suffering from several skull fractures as well as a traumatic brain injury. “He was being treated for serious head trauma and bruising to the upper torso,” the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department Information Bureau said in a statement. At the same time, according to a report from Los Angeles Daily News, Ingrassi’s attorney Nancy Mazza claimed that the injuries were from a French bulldog belonging to the Lopez family. Meanwhile, it was not long before baby Aiden succumbed to his injuries. The baby passed away at the hospital on March 26, 2016.statement.
Detectives from the Special Victims Bureau conducted an investigation into baby Aiden’s death. During the investigation, Ingrassi had also admitted that she was “unhappy” about being the baby’s sitter. Moreover, she was also under the influence of alcohol while she was watching over the baby.
Following baby Aiden’s death, his family became devastated. “He was a beautiful boy with a smile that would light up a room,” Aden’s family said. They had set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for his funeral costs.
According to a statement from the County of Los Angeles District Attorney’s office, Ingrassi is due to appear in court for sentencing on June 2. She could face anywhere between 25 years to life in prison.