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UPDATE: Babysitter convicted in child's death

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BARABOO (WKOW) -- A babysitter has been convicted of causing the death of a child in her care.

Court records show a jury returned a guilty verdict in the case against Jeanette Janusiak.

She is charged with first degree intentional homicide in the death of 4-month-old Payten Rain Shearer, who died in August of 2011.

A sentencing date has not yet been set.


BARABOO (WKOW) -- Prosecutors say a babysitter on trial for homicide changed her story when she got on the witness stand.

The sitter, 27-year-old Jeanette Janusiak, now says she never accidentally dropped the infant she's accused of killing in Sauk County. Prosecutors say that contradicts the statement the Reedsburg woman initially gave detectives following the 2011 death of 4-month-old Payten Rain Shearer.

Janusiak testified under questioning by her attorney Tuesday she initially told police she dropped the child because she was scared and feared she would go to jail.

Janusiak says she called 911 after she awoke to the sound of the baby gagging and vomiting. The Baraboo News Republic reports medical experts agree the child had been battered by someone, and died as the result of severe head wounds.
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