YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A woman convicted of the death of an infant that she was babysitting will spend eight years in prison.
Traniqua Floyd, 22, was sentenced in Mahoning County Court of Common Pleas on Wednesday.
She was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of 10-week-old Jamar Jones. The child died after suffering what investigators described as severe head trauma.
Floyd was babysitting three other children at the time.
The defense said Floyd suffers from a mental illness and depression, but prosecutors said Floyd lied through the entire investigation.
“She told someone in county jail that she had punched the baby. She told somebody else that she was holding the baby and that she fell and dropped the baby and that’s what happened, so obviously these stories are all inconsistent with each other,” said Mahoning County Assistant Prosecutor Jenn McLaughlin.
The child’s parents are related to Floyd and said they can’t understand the crime.
“My son would have been four this year, and I still don’t know exactly what happened,” said Jasmine Nickerson, who cried during the verdict.
Floyd’s lawyer, Lou DeFabio, said it’s unlikely that they’ll ever know exactly what happened. He said Floyd, who had her first child in seventh grade and then dropped out a year later, has a long history of mental illness.
“It’s schizophrenia, it’s depression,” he said. “She has had hallucinations. She hears auditory hallucinations. She hears dead people talking to her.”
When it was her turn to talk, Floyd read a handwritten statement.
“It never was my intent for the pain that was caused,” she said.