A 25-year-old nanny has been arrested in the US state of Florida on charges of killing a 3-year-old boy.
The boy, Jameson, died June 11 in the care of a nanny, Joshua Mans, according to a police report received by WKMG-TV. The person who called the baby’s mother to report that the boy had drowned in the bathtub.
Upon arriving home, the mother described her son lying dead in the bathtub alone, without any trace of Mans’ whereabouts, agents described. The report also states that the employee never attempted to call emergency services.
He would have left a note in the bathroom claiming that Jameson’s death was an accident. According to the local TV channel, the nanny tried to argue that “no one will trust him and he does not want to spend the rest of his life in jail for something he did not do”.
But according to other documents, the autopsy of the child, obtained by local broadcaster Wash-TV, showed no signs of drowning in the victim’s body. The real cause of death is the so-called “shaken baby syndrome”, which is a symptom of abuse caused by excessive force held by someone in the baby’s body, shaking the baby violently and repeatedly.
The report said Jameson suffered multiple injuries, including a broken rib, a severed tooth, brain swelling and knife marks on his head.
According to People magazine, detectives in the case consulted the boy’s medical records and found that he had broken his leg twice in recent months: once in March and two years ago. Last month, the Guardianship Council was convened and visited the daycare that the child attended to investigate “suspicious” injuries.
Florida authorities soon identified Aya as a suspect, but he has already left the area. He was arrested in Georgia on June 21, and police believe the man’s family fled to Virginia.
According to the public, Mans was charged with premeditated first-degree murder, child abuse and neglect, and major bodily harm. He has not been granted bail, has not yet filed evidence to respond to the release, and no defendant has spoken on behalf of the accused.