Arizona toddler Patience Robinson was supposed to celebrate her second birthday on July 20, but now her parents are in mourning.
According to AZ Family, the parents left their baby girl in the care of Tayran Slash, 28, and Sharonta Adams, 21, on Saturday.
But eventually, were unable to get in contact with the babysitters.
The parents and Patience’s aunt, Sarah Robinson, rushed over to the residence to make sure everything was okay when they couldn’t get through.
But when they arrived, Patience was lying dead on the floor. She was covered in bruises and was cold to the touch.Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office
Sarah said Slash and Adams barely reacted, only mentioning that Patience wouldn’t wake up. The aunt said:
“They were so calm, you wouldn’t think a baby was sitting here dead on the floor.”
First responders were called to the residence around 9:30 a.m. and attempted to revive the child. They determined she had multiple injuries, according to The Arizona Republic.
She was declared dead at a local hospital a short time later. Medical staff said that she showed obvious signs of abuse.
Patience’s father was horrified by what his daughter suffered. He told AZ Family:
“She didn’t deserve nothing that she went through.”
Slash was charged with first-degree murder and child abuse. Adams is currently only facing child abuse charges.
The child’s aunt described her as “a very happy baby, she loved music, she loved dancing.”
The family has since started a GoFundMe page to raise money for her funeral expenses.
Sadly, this is not the first time a child has died while in the care of someone thought to be trustworthy. In May, a woman left her child in the care of a babysitter — someone she trusted — while she went to get food with her boyfriend. When she returned, she found her 7-month-old son unresponsive in his bassinet. Doctors determined that he had trauma-related injuries, that were later confirmed to be from shaking. The babysitter was charged with first degree murder.