Details about the Baby Shaking Incident
Krystal Johnson, a 27-year-old female, has been charged with great bodily injury to a child.
On September 28th, the officers were called to Providence Hospital after getting a report that a two-month old child had been brought there with severe injuries. The investigators determined that Krystal Johnson was babysitting the child when the incident occurred.
The reports stated that the little girl would not stop crying, so Johnson put the infant in a car seat and began shaking her. Deputies also stated that Johnson then took the child out of the car seat and began shaking her with her hands.
The mother returned home and immediately noticed bruises on her child’s face and took her to the hospital. The doctors said that the little girl suffered a severe brain injury.
Babysitter Abuse Statistics
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, babysitters accounted for 0.5 percent of offenders who committed crimes against juveniles (youth under age 18) and 4.2 percent of those who committed crimes against young children (those under age 6).
Children that are most at risk of physical assaults by babysitters are younger (ages 1–3).
Males constitute the majority of sex-offending babysitters reported to the police (77 percent); females make up the majority of physical assaulters (64 percent).
Babysitter offenses rarely result in death, but victims of babysitter crimes known to police are more likely than other child crime victims to suffer an injury (75 percent versus 53 percent for victims under age 6).