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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — A 35-year-old babysitter has been found guilty of second degree murder and child abuse in connection with the death of a toddler in Virginia Beach, according to WTKR.

Two-year-old Garrett King died as a result of a skull fracture, widespread brain damage, and nerve damage after an incident in November 2012.

Brenda Garner told police she swept Garrett off his feet, causing him to fall and hit his head on the floor. She then stood him up and did it again, and again – at least three times.

A Child Abuse Pediatrician testified that was consistent with his brain injuries and bruising to his brain found during an autopsy.

Garner told investigators she “just lost it” while changing the 2-year-old boy’s diaper.

Credit: WTKR

Credit: WTKR

Garrett’s mother testified that he often became fussy and cried during diaper changes.

Garner will be sentenced on October 16 and could face 50 years in prison.

The parents of 2-year-old Garrett King issued the following statement:

“Garrett was an incredible little person – cheerful, affectionate, eager to learn, bursting with energy- and his family misses him every day. We miss seeing him cuddle with his dogs and cats, hearing him shout at the TV during a race, or watching him tumble around the yard like an NFL receiver.  We have spent the past 9 months praying for justice, and we are very pleased with the outcome of today’s trial.  The kindness and professional dedication of the City of Virginia Beach and the network of doctors at CHKD is unparalleled, and we sincerely thank every person involved in honoring our sweet boy.  As we move forward toward healing, we ask that the press continue to respect our need for privacy.” – Jonathan and Emily King

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