ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Thursday, a former nanny was sentenced to more than 8 years in prison for the death of a nine-month-old baby that was in her care in 2011.
U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia Neil MacBride, says 27-year-old Amy Hunter of Longview, Washington was sentenced to 102 months in prison. She will also be placed on three years of supervised release after she serves her time in prison.
Hunter pleaded guilty to the murder on January 16, 2013, says MacBride. Hunter admitted that she was taking care of the baby with her child at her home on the Quantico Marine Base on April 26, 2011 and that she shook the baby because she was screaming. The baby's head hit the wall. Hunter also admitted to police that she had shaken the baby on a separate occasion weeks earlier, according to MacBride.
Hunter called 911 to report that the baby had hit her head and lost consciousness. The baby suffered severe traumatic brain injuries and was airlifted to the hospital and placed on life support, but never regained consciousness. She was taken off life support two days later.
A doctor later determined that the baby's death may be due to blunt force trauma and violent rotational head trauma, said MacBridge. An autopsy by a medical examiner found the cause of the baby's death was craniocerebral and spinal cord injuries. The medical examiner ruled the death a homicide.