UPDATE: Babysitter Get 20 Months Prison in Infant Abuse Case

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UPDATE: Fri 4:39 PM, Mar 14, 2014

A 20-year-old Rothschild woman will spend one year and eight-months behind bars after she was convicted of abusing an infant she was babysitting.

Jennifer Cronin reached a plea deal with prosecutors in November. She pleaded guilty to two counts of intentionally causing child abuse. As result, a charge of recklessly causing child abuse was dismissed, but can be considered during sentencing.

Cronin was charged last March after a “nanny-cam” caught her being physically rough with a then four-month-old baby.

Cronin will spend four years on probation following her release.

ORIGINAL STORY: Nov 26, 2013 at 6:19 PM

A 19-year-old Rothschild woman accused of physically abusing a four-month-old infant in March, is expected to reach a plea deal with prosecutors during a hearing Tuesday.

Jennifer Cronin is charged with three counts of child abuse after a “nanny-cam” caught what appears to be the woman being physically rough with the baby.

According to a criminal complaint, the father of the child became concerned Cronin was not paying enough attention to his children, the infant and a two-year-old, after the two-year-old hit his head on a pole in the basement during Cronin's care.

The father said he periodically checked the camera but didn't come across anything unusual until March 1. That's when he said the footage showed Cronin slapping the infant in the head so violently the child's head moved. According to the criminal complaint, the footage also showed Cronin picking the child up my the wrist, swinging him above her head by the wrist, and slapping him in the face with a burp cloth.

The criminal complaint states Cronin had begun babysitting for the family when the infant was nine weeks old and typically babysat three days a week.

Jennifer Cronin is free on a $5,000 signature bond. If convicted, she faces maximum sentence of nearly 16 years in prison.

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