Ok picture this: You take your 3-month-old baby to the babysitter for an overnight stay. The babysitter has a 10-year-old daughter who often helps out and you don't mind, you just want an adult present at all times, and you've always specified that.

When it's time to go to bed, the babysitter puts your 3-month-old and her portable crib in the room with the 10-year-old. Next thing you know, your 3-month-old is dead. But don't worry, the 10-year-old is being charged for it. Justice is served. How do you feel?

That was the case when Nicole Greenaway of Clinton, Maine took her baby, Brooklyn to her babysitter's house in July. The babysitter put the infant in the room with her unnamed 10-year-old, against Greenaway's wishes. 

The babysitter (who also isn't named) called the paramedics early in the morning when she noticed that baby wasn't breathing. They determined that she was already dead. Authorities said the baby had medicine used to treat attention-deficit disorder in her system. She had also been suffocated.

When Greenaway finally saw her daughter's body, she had fingerprints on her face, bruises on her nose, and a black eye.

The 10-year-old was charged with manslaughter on Thursday. According to the law, someone is charged with manslaughter when the incident is caused due to criminal negligence or reckless actions. Murder charges are brought up when the person commits an intentional act.

Okay, I don't think it was a mistake that this girl fed the infant her a.d.d. medicine and beat her up in the process. That seems pretty intentional, so shouldn't that fall under the murder category? But what about the babysitter? Should she be held somewhat liable for the neglect of an infant, or is it the mother's fault for choosing the wrong babysitter?

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