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McKenna Newell, 21, from West Valley City, will be in jail for 30 days and spend 36 months on trial after declaring guilty of a reduced count of child abuse, a court heard earlier this month

McKenna Newell, 21, from West Valley City, will be in jail for 30 days and spend 36 months on trial after declaring guilty of a reduced count of child abuse, a court heard earlier this month

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McKenna Newell, 21, from West Valley City, will be in jail for 30 days and spend 36 months on trial after declaring guilty of a reduced count of child abuse, a court heard earlier this month

A babysitter in Utah who was caught kicking, hitting, and covering the mouth and nose of five-month-old twins was sentenced to just one month behind bars for the despicable abuse.

McKenna Newell, 21, from West Valley City, will be in jail for 30 days and spend 36 months on trial after declaring guilty of a reduced count of child abuse, a court heard earlier this month.

As part of her punishment, she will also be forced to pay a $ 5,000 fine, follow 500 hours of community service, and attend anger management lessons.

An order for her arrest was first issued on January 5 after the children's father saw images of Newell attacking his two girls with a nanny camera he had set up at home.

According to legal documents, Newell can be seen in the video that lays a blanket over one of the twins' faces to muffle her cries. She then picks up the child and shakes it before she lies in a cradle again.

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Moments later she removes the baby, holds her until she stops crying and then places her on the floor next to her sister.

When the child starts to cry again, Newell kicks her in the ribs and slaps her legs before she makes the same mean attack on the other girls.

According to legal documents, Newell can be seen in the video that lays a blanket over one of the twins' faces to muffle her cries. She then picks up the child and shakes it before she lies in a cradle again

According to legal documents, Newell can be seen in the video that lays a blanket over one of the twins' faces to muffle her cries. She then picks up the child and shakes it before she lies in a cradle again

According to legal documents, Newell can be seen in the video that lays a blanket over one of the twins' faces to muffle her cries. She then picks up the child and shakes it before she lies in a cradle again

Images from the same morning showed that Newell put the child on the couch and & # 39; aggressively made her head bounce forward & # 39 ;, and kicked the other baby & # 39; several times while lying on the floor, & # 39; the prosecutors said.

After turning herself into authorities, Newell told investigators that she was "frustrated and didn't know what to do. She admitted that she was the babysitter in the video, but felt embarrassed and did not remember that she had committed violent acts.

Shortly after her arrest, Newell was diagnosed with a post-traumatic stress disorder and & # 39; was actively involved in treatment, honest communication, taking notes, and completing homework she was assigned to, "counselors said.

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West Jordan police sergeant JC Holt said: "It is our worst fear as a parent that something like that would happen to your child, especially to someone you know you have left that child in their care.

"She lost her temper. She was not healthy with it. I think that as adults we can all be susceptible to that.

"It is unacceptable and it is not okay, that is why we have treated the case in the same way."

Holt said the children were not seriously injured in the incident and checked out at Primary Children's Hospital before being cleared for medical reasons.

Newell & # 39; s actions justified felony because of the potential for serious bodily injury, he explained.

After turning herself into authorities, Newell told investigators that she was "frustrated and did not know what to do, acknowledging that she was the babysitter in the video, but was embarrassed and did not remember that she had committed violent acts.
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After turning herself into authorities, Newell told investigators that she was "frustrated and did not know what to do, acknowledging that she was the babysitter in the video, but was embarrassed and did not remember that she had committed violent acts.

After turning herself into authorities, Newell told investigators that she was "frustrated and did not know what to do, acknowledging that she was the babysitter in the video, but was embarrassed and did not remember that she had committed violent acts.

She received the sentence of a 30-day prison sentence and a three-year probationary period on 3 October.

Newell was not in custody at the time of the hearing and she was ordered to report to the Salt Lake County prison before October 11 to begin her sentence.

She was originally charged with two counts of child abuse, but saw one of the charges dropped as part of a plea with prosecutors.

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Newell advertised her babysitting services through Care.com, although the website said in an earlier statement that she closed her account in January, just after she was charged.

A spokesperson told Fox13: "This incident is very worrying for us and our thoughts are with the family. The person in question had a profile on Care.com that is now closed, but we have no caregivers on our site and she is neither ever a Care.com employee.

& # 39; The safety of our community is paramount to use and we have proactively contacted local law enforcement agencies to provide all possible assistance. & # 39;

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