LANCASTER – A woman accused of assaulting an infant she was babysitting was charged Friday with his murder after the baby boy succumbed to his injuries, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
Brittany Ann Ingrassi, 30, of Palmdale was originally charged on March 24 with assault on a child becoming comatose and child abuse, with an allegation that Ingrassi personally inflicted great bodily injury on the victim and that he was under the age of five, according to Deputy District Attorney Keri Knittel.
The case was amended Friday to include one count each of murder and assault on a child causing death.
The baby, identified on the felony complaint as Aiden L., was left at a Lancaster home under the care of Ingrassi on the morning of March 22, the prosecutor said.
When the victim’s mother returned that evening, she was allegedly met by Ingrassi outside of the home and was made aware that the baby was not breathing, the prosecutor added. The mother then called 911, and the baby was transported to a local hospital with numerous injuries, according to the prosecutor.
Sheriff’s officials previously stated that the baby had head trauma and bruising to the upper torso. [Read more here.]
The infant died at the hospital on March 26.
Ingrassi has been in custody since her March 22 arrest, according to LASD inmate records. She faces 25 years to life in state prison if convicted as charged. Her bail has been set at $1 million.
Arraignment is scheduled for April 15 in Department A01 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Antelope Valley Branch.
The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Baljet or Sergeant Ewing of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Anonymous tips can be provided through Crime Stoppers by calling (800) 222-TIPS.
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