In-home daycare worker shakes infant to death before Googling about ‘Shaken baby syndrome’

13 days ago

Forsyth news, Illinois news.

A 7-week-old girl is dead after an in-home daycare worker brutally shook her at a Forsyth residence last month.

Police arrested 24-year-old Taylor Burris over the May 17 death of little Maren Gallagher after an investigation showed that she sustained injuries that are consistent with either “a violent car crash or shaken baby syndrome.”

Although initially claiming that the infant was hit in the head with a ball from another kid, Burris admitted that she shook the baby because she wouldn’t stop crying after that.

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  • “Taylor admitted she had to tell [the baby’s mother] and police that a softball hit Maren because she observed Maren’s health declining,” an affidavit said.

    “Taylor admitted the incident occurred around 10:40 a.m. but didn’t call EMS until 2:05 p.m. When on the phone with dispatch, Taylor said that the infant had been in an unresponsive and impeded or apneic breathing state for 20 minutes before she called EMS. This was clearly neglectful behavior.”

    Police said that Taylor searched for “shaken baby syndrome” after injuring the baby. She was charged with voluntary manslaughter and reckless homicide.