A baby sitter accused of fatally shaking a 14-month-old baby in her care has been convicted of aggravated manslaughter and child endangerment but acquitted of murder.
Michelle Heale of Tom’s River, New Jersey claimed she was trying to burp Mason Hess when he began choking on his applesauce in August 2012.
But when she pulled him off her shoulder his neck snapped backwards, killing the boy.
However she now faces 30 years in prison after a jury found her guilty of killing the youngster.
When the verdict was read out, the 46-year-old sobbed uncontrollably and told her lawyer over-and-over again: ‘I didn’t do it.’
She then turned to her husband and, according to the Asbury Park Press, told him to make sure her five-year-old twins do not forget her.
She was then placed in handcuffs and taken into custody to await her sentence next month.
Heale testified that the toddler went limp after she hit him between his shoulder blades to save him.
The boy was flown to a hospital and died three days later.
Doctors later determined the boy suffered severe brain, spine and retinal damage from a violent shaking. But jurors heard conflicting medical testimony.
During ‘I hit him hard on the back. I may have hit him harder than I should have,’ Heale said through tears after demonstrating on the doll.
‘I hit him about four or five times, and then I felt the applesauce come out. I felt it on my shoulder and I felt it on my shirt.’
Thinking the crisis had been averted, she took Mason of her shoulder.
‘As I brought him down, his head snapped back … he was completely limp,’ she said.
‘His eyes were open, but he wasn’t doing anything. … Everything was flopping.’
Mason died on September 1 after being airlifted to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. DAILY MAIL