- Associated Press - Friday, April 28, 2017

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - A 35-year-old Syracuse woman has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for the death of a 2-year-old boy she was babysitting.

Syracuse.com (https://bit.ly/2qf3mo1 ) reports Ramisi Truitt claimed she was innocent during sentencing. However, Truitt pleaded guilty in February to manslaughter in the death of Shomer Brown.

Attorney Jeremy Cali says Truitt gave police conflicting accounts about what happened to Brown in August 2015. She first said the boy fell down the stairs. Her 15-year-old daughter said Truitt yelled at Brown for not saying “thank you” for a sandwich, then threw the boy to the floor.

Truitt would have faced 25 years had she gone to trial.

Brown’s family members applauded as Truitt was led from court Friday.

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