A 7-week-old baby girl was beaten to death inside a day care in Milwaukee in August of 2017, and prosecutors allowed the alleged killer to plead to "child neglect."
Claudette Mitchell, 38, on Tuesday, Sept. 11 pleaded guilty to one count of neglecting a child, consequence is death. She may be sentenced to NO jail time and just probation, under court rules.
Little baby Savaiyah Reid was found unresponsive at the day care on Aug. 22, 2017. A criminal complaint indicates emergency responders noticed blood in Savaiyah s airway, a bruise in the shape of a thumbprint on her chest and scratches and bruising on her head.
The complaint lays out the timeline:
-7:45 a.m.: Savaiyah was dropped off at the day care by her mother
-11:00 a.m.: Savaiyah was placed in a Pack ‘n Play in a bedroom
-3:00 p.m.: Savaiyah was found unresponsive with scratches and blood on her face
The Milwaukee County medical examiner conducted an autopsy on Reid. Officials ruled the infant died from blunt force trauma to the head, and considered her death a "homicide."
Claudette initially denied knowing HOW baby Savaiyah dies. But she admitted to being the ONLY adult at the day care with access to the baby when she was brutally killed.
Lawyers for Claudette Mitchell pushed to dismiss the case based on lack of evidence but prosecutors insisted she was the only one who could have hurt little Savaiya Reid so severely.
"This is a child who was dropped off on the morning of August 22nd, 2017 in completely fine care, having no injuries, was able to take two feedings without demonstrating any injuries and then collapses at 3 pm with these significant, multiple injuries, skull fractures that were too numerous to count."