Ionia babysitter pleads guilty to child abuse charge

Ionia Co. babysitter pleads guilty to abuse charge

IONIA, MICH. - The babysitter accused of throwing and causing serious injury to an eight-month-old baby left in her care is now facing prison time after pleading guilty.

Court officers say Autumn Skuse entered the plea last week to a count of first-degree child abuse.

Last summer, Skuse was arrested and charged in court after Thomas Pierson had suffered three skull fractures, a brain bleed, a broken leg and rib injuries while in Skuse's care.

Skuse originally told the Thomas' mother, Rachel Pierson, that he had fallen and hit his head on the hardwood floor, but then later confessed to 'snapping' and dropping him. Skuse told Thomas' mother that he was suppose to land on a pillow. Rachel Pierson says Skuse was recommended for babysitting services and interviewed twice before being hired. 

Thomas is home now, recovering after the brain bleed that caused seizures. He is still required to undergo physical and occupational therapy according to a GoFundMe page created by his mother. 

First-degree child abuse is punishable up to life in prison.

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April Stevens is a multi-platform producer at WZZM 13. Have a news tip? Email news@wzzm13.com, visit our Facebook page or Twitter.

 

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