Babysitter, 11, Accused of Murdering Toddler

'I never said goodbye,' says heartsick mom
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Sep 22, 2010 3:21 AM CDT
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(Newser) – A Georgia mother has accused her 11-year-old babysitter of beating her 2-year-old daughter to death. Ashlea Collier said when she arrived to pick up her daughter, Zyda, she was "blue" and lying on a bed. The young babysitter said the baby had fallen, but an autopsy revealed the little girl had died of blunt force trauma. "I'm upset I didn't tell my baby I loved her before she left," said Collier, 23. "I think this girl should do life in prison."

Collier said she thought the babysitter's mother, a co-worker, would be with her daughter, and never intended to leave her child solely in the care of an 11-year-old girl. Sandy Springs police are continuing to investigate, and are treating the case as a homicide, reports ABC News.

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