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Va. Baby-sitter gets 5 years for toddler's murder

Monday - 1/13/2014, 6:20pm  ET

MANASSAS, Va. (AP) -- A judge has sentenced a Manassas baby-sitter to five years in prison for the murder of a toddler she had been watching, leaving the child's family outraged by the light sentence.

Twenty-two-year-old Jessica Fraraccio pleaded guilty last year to killing 23-month-old Elijah Nealey after he wouldn't stop crying.

Fraraccio had initially said Elijah slipped in the tub, but months later admitted pulling a chair out from under him and smothering him.

The judge, J. Howe Brown, could have sentenced Fraraccio to 50 years in prison but instead opted for a five-year sentence and a requirement that Fraraccio write a check of at least $1 a year to the charity of her choosing for the rest of her life after her release.

Elijah's grandmother called the sentence an insult.


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