Babysitter accused of child abuse that killed baby indicted by grand jury

By Nikki Bowers | nbowers@8newsnow.com

Published 08/25 2016 01:32PM

Updated 08/25 2016 02:47PM

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A woman accused of abusing a child in a North Las Vegas home was indicted by the Clark County grand jury on Thursday.

Cynthia Lavender is charged with one count of murder and four counts of child abuse and neglect with substantial bodily harm.

Lavender was babysitting the child both times she allegedly harmed him.  The first incident happened in January 2016, but the Feb. 3 incident led to the 54-year-old's arrest.

On Feb. 3, North Las Vegas Police said around 3 p.m. officers were called out to the 4700 block of Lawrence Street regarding an unresponsive child who was transported to University Medical Center.  The child died at the hospital on Feb. 5.

Police said there were three adults and four children inside the home when the child was hurt.  Officers said Lavender, told them the baby was lying on the bed as the other kids were playing on the bed, and that caused the child to fall off onto the carpet.

However, a doctor told officers the infant's injuries were inconsistent with Lavender's story.  An autopsy revealed the baby suffered major trauma to the head and had multiple bone fractures.

Lavender was given a polygraph test that she failed, and that's when she told officers the baby boy landed on his head after she had deliberately dropped him on the tile floor.

When asked why this happened, according to officers Lavender said, she didn't have an apparent reason for doing it, she was just frustrated.

This isn't the only alleged child abuse incident involving Lavender.  In an arrest report released in February, police said Lavender also told officers about an incident on Jan. 20 in which she became frustrated with the 5-month-old baby and threw him against the wall.

 

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