Prosecutors: Babysitter tortured boy who died

(New York Times) A babysitter charged with murdering a 16-month-old boy whose family lived in the same Staten Island building subjected him to hours of physical and sexual abuse while he was left in her care over the weekend, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

The babysitter, Gloria Fields, made her first appearance in Criminal Court on Wednesday, where a prosecutor outlined accusations of torture that led to outbursts of sobbing and screaming from the child’s relatives and others packed into the courtroom.

Ms. Fields, 31, sexually assaulted the boy, Anthony Delgado, with a crayon, and while the toddler was strapped in a stroller, she slammed him face first into the ground, prosecutors said.