- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut baby sitter who was found guilty of manslaughter in the death of a 19-month-old boy is headed to prison.

Kinjal Patel was sentenced Tuesday in New Haven to 14 years in prison.

Twenty-nine-year-old Patel pleaded guilty last year to first-degree manslaughter under the Alford Doctrine. That means she doesn’t agree with the state’s case, but concedes there is enough evidence to secure her conviction.

Police said Patel told detectives she was baby-sitting the child on Jan. 16, 2014, when she became angry with the boy and pushed him in the face, causing him to fall backward and strike his head.

The boy died days later. His death was ruled a homicide caused by blunt force.

Patel’s attorney says she could be deported to India after her prison term.


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