Babysitter returned dead infant to mom and pretended he was alive

Babysitter returned dead infant to mom and pretended he was alive
Marissa Tietsort (Image: Police photo)

[Ed. – Horrific crime]

A Wisconsin babysitter who allegedly killed a 2-month-old boy then pretended he was alive when she gave the boy back to his mother has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide. A criminal complaint filed Friday says 28-year-old Marissa Tietsort of Wausau caused the infant’s death in October, then put him in a snowsuit and car seat and returned him to his mother – without telling her the child was dead.

Authorities found the mother trying to revive the boy, but he had died hours earlier of blunt force head injuries from multiple impacts to the head. CBS affiliate WSAW, citing court documents, reports the baby’s tailbone was broken off and displaced.

During a court appearance Friday, Judge Jill Falstad issued a $500,000 cash bond for Tietsort and ordered that she have no contact with children or with the victim’s family.

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WSAW reports Tietsort wrote a letter to Marathon County Judge Jill Falstad asking for a reduction in bond. In the letter, Tietsort said she’s pregnant with her sixth child and is not getting proper prenatal care. “I’m not a monster,” she wrote.

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