Aunt behind bars
Marquita Burch was babysitting her one-year-old nephew William Cunningham in her Cincinnati, US, home in May 2012 when she called the police saying the little boy had wandered off from the park. While police, firefighters and neighbours searched for more than five hours, Burch’s story began to unravel. Eventually the 26-year-old confessed the toddler had injured himself and she’d panicked, stuffed him into inn a garbage bag and stashed him in her cousin’ss house. By the time police found the tiny tot, he’d been dead for 48 hours. Before being charged with endangering a child, murder and abuse of a corpse, the judge said, “It is bad enough that Burch injured the child, but horrible to think of the child’s suffering.” She was sentenced to at least 19 years in jail.