Babysitter Who Left 1-Year Old Boy With Hand-Shaped Bruises Sentenced

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A babysitter who left a one-year-old boy with hand-shaped bruises on his face has been jailed for just three months for assaulting the child.

Markell Hilaire, 27, was left to look after Jacob Marbury for two hours in March while the baby’s parents, Joshua Marbury and Alicia Quinney, went on a date. When they returned to their home in Sherwood, Oregon, they found their son screaming and Hilaire – a family friend – fast asleep.

The next morning they noticed that Jacob was covered in bruises and reported what had happened to the police.

But it took three months for any charges to be brought against Hilaire, possibly because of a state law which makes it difficult to prosecute violent offenders unless the victim can speak for themselves. He has however been sentenced for negligence now.

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