March 24, 2015 By Michael Florio
A Woodside babysitter is facing up to 15-years in prison after being found guilty of violently shaking a baby to death.
Yohani Moran, 42, was convicted of second-degree manslaughter on Monday, following a four-week trial in Queens Supreme Court, according to Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.
The nine-month-old baby, Dilan Criollo, was dropped off at Moran’s 35-47 64th Street apartment by his mother on March 10, 2010, Brown said.
“At that time, the little boy was vibrant and in good health,” according to Brown.
The babysitter fed Dilan and afterward he took a nap. Later in the day, when Dilan became irritable, Moran shook him violently and he immediately went limp and unresponsive.
Dilan was taken to hospital where doctors determined that he had suffered extensive subdural hematomas, severe brain swelling and bleeding in his eye as well as a bilateral retinal detachment. He was placed on a ventilator and later died, Brown said.
“Shaken Baby Syndrome is the leading cause of child abuse deaths each year,” Brown said. “The victims are innocent, helpless children and are too often harmed by those entrusted to care for and protect them.”
Moran, who herself is a mother, is due back in court for sentencing on April 14 and faces up to 15 years in prison.
Previous Coverage: Woodside woman faces murder charges