A jury deliberated for about a day this week before finding a former nanny guilty of charges including attempted murder and assault.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, 47-year-old Marianne Benjamin-Williams was accused of stuffing a baby wipe deep into the throat of a 2-month-old baby in her care last year.
According to the New York Post, prosecutors told jurors that Benjamin-Williams was frustrated over the child’s continuous crying just before blocking his airway with the wipe.
They further argued that the defendant was upset with the child’s parents for refusing to give her a raise she believed she deserved.
At the time the baby was found by his parents, prosecutor Nicole Blumberg said he had to undergo emergency surgery before medical staff at an area hospital even knew what was preventing him from breathing.
“He was limp, blue and gasping for air,” she said of the infant’s condition upon arriving at Bellevue Hospital.
Benjamin-Williams, who reportedly closed her eyes as the jury revealed her fate on Tuesday, had previously shown emotion on the witness stand as she testified that she would not have intentionally harmed the child.
Her attorney, Raymond Loving, presented the possibility that the baby sucked the wipe into his own throat.
One expert medical witness for the defense said such an accident could not be ruled out.
A number of other witnesses, however, shot down the theory based on their assertion that the young victim would be unable to wedge the wipe so far down his throat.
Following Benjamin-Williams’ conviction, Loving indicated they would file an appeal. She is set to appear in court next month for a sentencing hearing.
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