A caretaker charged in the death of an 8-month-old baby finally confessed to her crimes before a court on Tuesday.

Initially, Leah Walden told police she found the infant in her care unresponsive after nap time. However, Baltimore police arrested Walden in May 2017 after evidence revealed Reese Bowman was assaulted, according to the Daily Mail.

The childcare worker was charged with first- and second-degree murder, assault, child abuse, and reckless endangerment after authorities found surveillance video of the incident that occurred at Rocket Tiers Learning Center in Baltimore, according to WBAL.

Bowman had stopped breathing when medics and police were called.

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At a court hearing, Walden later admitted to the judge that she snapped and smothered the child to death last year.

According to Assistant State’s Attorney Anne Colt Leitess, Walden reportedly told a co-worker:

“Girl, I’m frustrated. I’m sick of this little b***h. I hate this little b***h. She makes me want to punch her in the face.”

Judge Althea Handy and Bowman’s father, who was present in court, wept as footage from the heartbreaking scene played.

Baltimore police Chief Stanley Brandford said of the CCTV video:

“Reese Bowman, in my opinion, was tortured.

The video will show Walden covering the baby with excessive blankets for long periods of time, which fully covered the child’s head.

She violently snatched the child out of the crib by one arm several times, swinging at the baby as if she’s slapping her and placing pillows over the baby’s face.”

At one point, the child was “kicking wildly” as Walden suffocated her with a blanket. Handy said

“I’m just reflecting on everything I heard. There are tears everywhere in this courtroom.”

Walden’s justified her actions by explaining that she had lost her temper and needed more training to provide childcare for the infant.

Baltimore Police Department

Samantha Carlton, Walden’s sister, spoke on her behalf and told the court:

“She’s not a monster. She’s not an evil person. She was frustrated.”

The Bowman family said they are “devasted” after losing their little girl to such a horrendous act of violence.

Walden accepted a plea deal and was sentenced to life with 70 years suspended. She’s eligible for parole in 35 years.

The day care center closed after the murder.

Watch the video below:

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40 Replies to “Day Care Worker Charged in Death of Infant Admits to Smothering the Child Because She Grew Frustrated With Her”

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    shoot the bitch!!!

  • Judy 2 years ago

    I can’t imagine a much more tragic way to lose a beautiful child. I have no sympathy for the day care worker except for one thing: all of us who have ever reacted badly to a crying child did not receive proper training in patience and understanding children. She is right about that one fact. Most of us have regret and did not commit violent murder. Parents and caregivers need training. If you have not had nurturing at home, you are handicapped.

    Was her small salary worth it? Choose a field that suits your skills.

    • Anonymous 2 years ago

      I AREE WITH THIS HER SISTER NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND WHAT HER SISTER HAS DONE TOOK A BEAUTIFUL BABY GIRLS LIFE

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    oh but she is a monster.. Her sister can fuck right off. She is a murderous monster!

    • J 2 years ago

      RIGHT? Good people don’t resort to murdering a beautiful baby. An evil person does. A good person can lose their temper but they walk away from the situation. Walk away! Get help! Leave for the day. You don’t end a sweet beautiful little life because you “lose your temper”, you do it because you’re a monster who doesn’t deserve to walk this planet.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Death penalty this is one of the worst things I have ever read –

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    I hope they kill her in jail

    • Anonymous 2 years ago

      Me too. They don’t take kindly to baby killers… And than she can rot in hell where she belongs.

  • Frustrated Parent 2 years ago

    She should not be eligible for any type of parole….she took the life of that innocent baby

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    She’s lucky that wasn’t my baby. I’d be in jail next to her for beating with a baseball bat!

    • Anonymous 2 years ago

      I AREE I SECOND THAT THESE PARENTS PUT THERE FAITH IN TRUSTING OTHERS TO KEEP THERE BABY SAFE SO SAD SHE NEEDS TO BE GONE

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    What do u expect from a nigger

    • Stefanie 2 years ago

      She didn’t murder a child because of her skin color. She murdered her because she’s a twisted monster. You moron
      Respectfully,
      A white woman

      • Anonymous 2 years ago

        Exactly, skin color had nothing to do with it.

    • Anonymous 2 years ago

      You are a nigger you white people kill y’all kids all the time and it’s acceptable so……….

      • Anonymous 2 years ago

        Fuck u you piece of shit how many baby daddy’s you got

  • Marcia 2 years ago

    Fustrated??? Fustrated??? Fustrated????

    You walk away when you are fustrated.. You ask someone to take over if you are fustrated. For someone to say they hate a child and harm them, is a complete monster. She not only murdered a child, she destroyed a family. MY heart and prayers go out to the Bowman family. Baby Reese you are in Jesus’ loving arms and youre safe now…

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    I hope they torture that bitch! Pure evil what’s wrong with our system , we need to protect the children this is so sad !

  • Diana 2 years ago

    What gets me besides her being a monster, is the daycare center. They had cameras, so why wasn’t someone looking at the footage. I am sure this type of behavior did not just happen this one day. I am positive she was doing it over a period of time, and this one time went too far???? Am I wrong????

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Who in their right mind would have left their baby with her.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    THIS IS SAD SAD TO HERE I WOULD WANT TO DO WHAT SHE DID TO THIS BEAUTIFUL LITTLE GIRL I HOPE SOMEONE GETS HER AND THEY DO THE SAME SHE DOES NOT DESERVE TO BE PROTECTED THIS POOR FAMILY HAS LOST THERE BABY FOR GOING TO WORK AT PUTTING THIS BABY IN HARMS WAY WITH THIS WOMAN THAT SHOULD HAVE QUIT HER JOB SO THIS POOR BABY DIDNT HAVE TO LOOSE HER LIFE SAD RIP BABY GIRL FLY HIGH THIS WOMAN WILL GET HER DAY KARMA I HOPE SOON A SLOW PAINFUL DEATH THIS BABY WAS KICKING AND SCREAMING FOR HER LIFE SAD SHE COULD HAVE SNAP OUT OF IT SHE IS PURE EVIL

  • Babyboo 2 years ago

    FOR HER SISTER!, OH BUT YES SHE IS A MONSTER!! AN EVIL, COLD, CALCULATED ONE!! WHEN YOU GET FRUSTRATED YOU WALK AWAY!! YOU DONT TELL SOMEONE I HATE THIS BITCH, I WISH I COULD PUNCH HER, AND THEN DO IT!! YOU WALK AWAY FROM THE SITUATION!! YOU DONT KILL A SWEET, INNOCENT, DEFENSELESS, HELPLESS, INFANT!! SHE DESERVES TO ROT IN HELL!!

    • Anonymous 2 years ago

      I AGREE SHE HATED THIS BABY SAD THIS BABY HAD NO ONE TO SAVE HER FROM THIS MONSTER SO SAD

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Smother the demented birch!

  • Martha Watson 2 years ago

    She should never be let out of prison!!!! 35 yrs not long enough.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    So the co-worker just stood by & let this happen.??? She should be charged as well. She should’ve stepped in & said hey take a break or something, that baby could still be alive if she had?

    • Anonymous 1 year ago

      Why didn’t the co worker tell that girl she needs to go home when she’s talking shit like that. Who in the hell hears someone say “I hate this little bitch I want to punch her in the face” about an innocent helpless 8 month old and then proceeds to let them care for them.

  • Wanda 2 years ago

    God please forgive me but I hope you show NO mercy for this monster!!!

  • Pattie 2 years ago

    No no no !! She needs a needle in her arm or life with no possibility of parole. 35 years BULLSHIT !!!!

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    What kind of plea deal takes 2/3 off the sentence for a violent, premeditated murder? An eye for an eye! Justice would have been the death sentence. Her sister would understand once she felt the sorrow and regret that infants parents experienced.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    I knew it would be someone here to say something about race SMH. The devil will use anyone of any color anyone! Just so happen this evil bitch was black and I hate that this baby lost her life, I am a mother and can’t begin to imagine the pain. She deserves death herself and no mercy but not because she black but because she committed a horrible evil crime and took a life.

  • Kathy 2 years ago

    How in the world could this result in 35 years? And, why on earth wont a co worker say something when they hear another crazy co worker calling a baby a bitch?
    Ppl need to pay attention to red flags and, say something!!!!

  • Kathy 2 years ago

    Hey sister! Your sister is mentally deranged and, you’ve known that all along!! Don’t defend her actions with some minimized way. Grrrrr

  • JONEZIE 2 years ago

    White have killed several babies so ur comment is made out of ignorance. Evil has no color…it is hate and is in all races. So sad. Tired if seeing these senseless acts. I dont think that they should see the light of day. No parole

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  • Michael Anthony Thomas 2 years ago

    Don’t put your infants and toddlers in any daycare. It’s the responsibility of the family to care for your child. Not some daycare with strangers that doesn’t care for your child.

    • Anonymous 1 year ago

      I agree with you Michael. When children are so young they need a parent to be with them, not some strangers raising them. That’s the way it should be. Or at least grandparents or close family members, people who actually love the child. It’s difficult to figure out a way to make that happen sometimes, but I would go to extremes to make that happen if it meant that my child wouldn’t be raised, or killed, by a caregiver who didn’t care.

  • John Fredette 2 years ago

    This evil person deserved the death penalty it that would have a white person that did that a beautiful black child I shudder to think of the public outcry .

  • Debbie 2 years ago

    35 years?????? That’s a freaking joke That bitch should have gotten the death penalty she deserved She is a monster I hope her cell mate gets frustrated with her and smothers her to death in her bed Now that would be the justice she deserves

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