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Babysitter Pleads Guilty in Child's Death

Babysitter Pleads Guilty in Child's Death



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FARMINGTON, Utah (AP) -- A babysitter charged with murder in the death a 20-month-old she cared for has pleaded guilty to reduced charges.

31-year-old Raynette Olsen, formerly of Layton, yesterday entered the plea on charges of child homicide committed negligently. Prosecutors alleged that Jordyn Parker died in 2002 from Shaken Baby Syndrome.

The Davis County Attorney's office said they reached the plea agreement partly because of long delays in the case.

Olsen could be sentenced to serve up to five years in the prison. If she had been found guilty of previous first-degree felony charges, she faced five years to life.

Her attorney says he's going to push for probation because Olsen has no serious criminal record. He says she's remorseful about what happened and she never did anything maliciously.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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