Aunt be­hind bars

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Real Life -

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.

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