RICHLAND, Wash. - A nanny is accused of hitting a toddler in the head, causing him to die of severe injuries.
Jocelyn Bellon has been charged with first-degree manslaughter for the death of 2-year-old David Schrieber. Richland Police say she was watching over the boy at his Richland home when he was discovered with a head injury.
Police got a call on July 18, 2016 around 1:34 p.m. saying the boy was choking and unresponsive.
Four minutes later they arrived on the scene and found Schrieber unconscious on the floor.
He was immediately transported to Kadlec Regional Medical Center where he was found to have no pulse and dilated pupils. A CT scan showed the boy had a skull fracture caused by significant force.
He was then flown to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane where he died the next day. Medical staff found his injuries to be extensive and caused by non-accidental trauma.
An autopsy shows he died of blunt force trauma from a high-energy blow to the head.
He showed evidence of an occipital skull fracture with brain swelling and hemorrhages along with damage to his retinal and optic nerves, according to a news release.
Based on statements from witnesses and medical professionals, it is believed that Bellon caused the injuries resulting in the boy’s death, police said.
The woman has been charged in Benton County Superior Court. The court will soon be issuing a summons for Bellon to appear at her initial arraignment.
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