Per reports, both parents, Alicia and Joshua, noticed that their 1-year-old baby had a black eye after spending few hours with the 27-year-old babysitter, Markel. Both parents said that their son was with the babysitter and they were certain he had injured the baby boy. The morning after the babysitter had been in charge of the child, the couple rushed their baby to the hospital and filed a police report to make it clear that they meant business and were seeking justice for the harm their child had endured. The parents left the babysitter in charge of their baby while they went out on a date. It was a rare outing for the couple who were simply looking for some time together.

According to the parents, the babysitter allegedly took out his rage on the boy. When the parents came home, the babysitter was sleeping while their son was screaming in pain. However, no bruises were visible on the baby’s body until the next morning, so the couple paid the babysitter and sent him home. The local police department got involved in the case. They claimed that it was clear the babysitter was responsible. A detective investigating the incident even went so far as to say that the injuries could have been fatal for the little child. Then, the babysitter confessed to hitting the little boy.

Apparently, the babysitter is a friend of Joshua, the father. He was arrested, but the charges against him were eventually dropped due to a ruling that stated that the victim must be able to describe the attack. Even though the 1-year-old baby had a black eye, bruises, and more injuries from the abuse, the baby was unable to speak, so prosecutors had to let the charges drop. That’s when the baby’s mother turned to Facebook to vent about the abuses his son had to endure.

“TWO months ago if not longer, my one-year-old son was smacked across the right side of his face by our babysitter (keep this person anonymous) to the point where MULTIPLE doctors (who in fact showed us handprints) and the detective said it could have killed him. After several days if not a week of being distracted at my job (only commission sales job and only source of income), we had a confession from the abuser saying they did it. STILL, this person was not arrested because they had to build a case and a jury to find him guilty BEFORE they go to jail. Side note if I’m not mistaken (if I strike a person in the face and the cops were called, I would be put in handcuffs immediately). After TWO months of waiting, we only find out that charges are dropped BECAUSE my one-year-old cannot tell you verbally he was abused, and my son did not show he was in pain OR that this person “intentionally” did this. I am SO furious that I’m not using profanity, HOPING something is done, and this goes viral.” 

The family continued to look for justice, and detectives discovered that the babysitter had been drinking when he was baby-sitting the boy and his 3-year-old sister, leading him to lose control of his temper and slap the boy across the face. The then-27-year-old babysitter was sentenced to 3 months in prison and three years of probation. He must undergo an alcohol treatment program, anger management classes and can’t have contact with minors who aren’t related to him.