Baltimore day care worker pleads guilty to smothering baby to death, gets 70 years

Baltimore day care worker pleads guilty to smothering baby to death, gets 70 years

[Ed. – Her motive? The child refused to nap.]

In an emotional hearing Tuesday, a Baltimore day care worker admitted to murdering a baby girl who would not nap and was sentenced to 70 years in prison.

Her admission came during a wrenching two-hour hearing in Baltimore Circuit Court. By the end, even the judge cried on the bench.

“I’m just reflecting on everything I heard,” Judge Althea Handy said, composing herself. “There are tears everywhere in this courtroom.”

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Handy was on the bench watching a video of the baby’s murder when they brought in the young day care worker.

Leah Walden, 24, wore shackles and a sweatshirt from jail. Her voice was so soft, the judge told her to speak up as she pleaded guilty to the murder.

With her plea Walden, of Windsor Mill, admitted she willfully and deliberately killed 8-month-old Reese Bowman last year at a day care center downtown. It was premeditated: murder in the first degree.

“You thought about it, even though it might have been brief. Do you understand that?” Handy asked her.

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