Baby Sitter Sentenced to 20 Years in Child's Death

The baby sitter found guilty of manslaughter in the death of a 19-month-old New Haven boy was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Tuesday.

The sentence for Kinjal Patel will be suspended after 14 years.

Patel was baby sitting the boy when he suffered serious injuries and was rushed to the hospital in January 2014. The child later died. Police said the toddler had a severely fractured skull, bruises on his chin and cuts on the inside of his mouth and tongue.

After Patel was arrested, she admitted to becoming angry with the toddler and forcing him to the floor, where he hit his head and started to cry and convulse, police said.

Patel plead guilty under the Alford Doctrine, which means she maintains her innocence, but agreed to plead to the manslaughter charge.

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