A daycare center is supposed to be a safe place for your child while you’re at work… not the place they get murdered by the staff.
Normally, yes. But that was not true of one family relying on the services of Baltimore’s Rocket Tiers Daycare Center.
The eight-month-old baby girl — Reece Bowman — was abused for the final 20 minutes of her life, in what the worker at first claimed was an accident.
The security footage said otherwise.
While Walden at first claimed the infant died accidently, surveillance video from the day care showed Walden roughly handling the child and using a blanket and pillow to cover her face and head. Investigators also learned Walden may have been suicidal weeks before the indictment and they think she acted out on the baby.
Walden’s attorney put some of the blame on the day care.
“This is a terrible case,” Insley said. “This was a case of a day care center which was not operating up to code, using untrained employees and overloading them with kids. I think what you saw was a situation where there was a breakdown. She fell apart under the stress.”
Sorry, but the ‘day care’ didn’t cover a child’s face with a blanket until she died. That’s on 24-year-old Leah Walden, and her alone.
But to say she just covered her with a blanket is to put too benign a spin on the actual events.
The picture changes when a few additional details are included:
Assistant State’s Attorney Anne Colt Leitess said Walden had told a co-worker, ‘Girl, I’m frustrated. I’m sick of this little b****. I hate this little b****. She makes me want to punch her in the face.’
The court heard that Walden returned from lunch and became frustrated that baby Reese would not sleep.
She then slapped her and pinned her down before piling blankets over her face and suffocating her.
Walden initially claimed she had fed the baby and put her in a crib for a nap before coming back 45 minutes later to find the girl unresponsive.
But her argument unraveled after the center’s CCTV revealed the truth.
Walden was seen covering the baby with ‘excessive blankets for long periods of time’.
She was also filmed covering the child’s face with a pillow, violently snatching the baby and slapping her.
CCTV footage played in court showed the baby kicking wildly as the enraged daycare worker smothered her with a blanket.
That’s a whole other level of soulless evil.
Let’s hope she hears those muffled screams condemning her every day for the rest of her miserable life.
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