POLICE: Sitter Charged After Baby Died In Spinning Clothes Dryer

A Louisiana baby sitter is charged with second-degree murder after prosecutors say she put a baby into a spinning clothes dryer for disturbing her television watching.

Nineteen-year-old Arielle Smith was indicted by a grand jury Thursday for the baby's September death in the New Orleans suburb of Harvey.

Authorities said 5-month-old Andre Jenkins died at the scene from skull fractures and burns suffered in the dryer.

Prosecutors said Smith was watching the baby and two older children at her home. She told police the children were being rambunctious and interfering with her television watching.

Investigators said Smith put the baby in the dryer and turned it on for 3 minutes while the two older children were put in another room.

Smith's attorney declined comment.

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  • by crystal Location: vanceboro on Jan 16, 2009 at 09:05 AM
    There is not much I can say that hasn't already been said here, I just can't help but think of the mother! You know she has guilt for choosing to leave her baby with that particular person- And she has to live without her baby for the rest of her life. This girls was obviously a very selfish person and had probably been doing similar things before now like locking the chidren up, I send my kids to their rooms when they are being bad, but they are older, these were precious little babies, who were probably trying to tell her that they needed something. God Bless the family of that precious child, and I hope the suspect it truly sorry for her actions. If she doesn't pay for them now she will one day when she meets her maker.
  • by dnm on Jan 16, 2009 at 07:16 AM
    Sad, we can change things if we are willing to accept our culpability. Unfortunately, I doubt very seriously if the majority of us will take the time to exam our contribution. We are just more content with casting blame. But we all contribute (both the positive and the negative) to the makeup of who our children become. So many things we allow our children to view, to do, and to say considering them harmless. They are just fun-n-games, just children being children...we are allowing our children to turn into monsters before our very eyes. Then we deny we have done anything wrong. That is really sad. We can see the type of people they are becoming. We are our children's most influential role-models.
  • by Sad Location: Robersonville on Jan 16, 2009 at 06:36 AM
    This is a perfect example of a culture in this country who has become desensitized to the value of a human life. The same kind who will walk past a man lying on a street who was hit by a car & the same kind who will trample a man to death to get to an Ipod on sale at Walmart.
  • by dnm on Jan 15, 2009 at 03:11 PM
    Disgusted I agree wholeheartedly with what you are saying except in one area. The statement "the government has taken away the rights of parents to discipline". We all but abdicated our parental rights. We continually just roll with the punches (laws) the states throw at us. We could tell the state lawmakers exactly what they can do with some of these crazy laws. We can fight for our parental rights. My son threaten to call child protection 1 day when he was about to be disciplined. Said he would say he was being abused. I disciplined handed him the phone told him to call...but to be prepared cause when they let me out he was really going to feel some serious parental wrath.
  • by T Location: WASHINGTON on Jan 14, 2009 at 07:49 AM
    EVERYBODY THAT LIVES IN THE PROJECTS DOESN'T MAKE STUPID DECISIONS!!!!!!! The babysitter needs to be punished to the fullest extent of the law. Children are gifts from God.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 13, 2009 at 08:07 PM
    Probably in the projects. Typical.
  • by lakeman on Jan 13, 2009 at 12:06 PM
    we really live in a crazy world, with crazy people, scary to walk around in!
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Jan 13, 2009 at 05:16 AM
    Is a trial really necessary here? Jeesh!
  • by SGB Location: Eastern NC on Jan 12, 2009 at 04:23 PM
    I do not claim this obvious village idiot as a fellow Louisianian. Had she lost her mind?!?!?!?! People like this make me sick!
  • by Disgusted Location: NC on Jan 12, 2009 at 06:45 AM
    Don't ya think that since "most" kids now days "raise" themselves and the government has taken away the rights of parents to discipline that this is where life as we know it is heading? Kids for the most part have no training in the areas of respect and right and wrong and that their actions whether right or wrong ALWAYS has a consequence. It's basically come down to "if it feels good, do it!" With all the violence on TV with the "bad guy" coming out on top, kids get the idea that they can go the same route and walk away like the "hero"! I feel sorry for the families of both parties. No one would ever ask for their child to be in either of these positions.

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