A babysitter in Las Vegas has been charged with kicking and beating to death a five-year-old boy because she was angry that the child peed his pants – and then had a McDonald’s meal with her boyfriend.
Ryan Peralto died in hospital on March 12, a day after sustaining a slew of injuries, including a skull fracture, cerebral hemorrhage and damage to his liver, spleen, pancreas and intestines, while in the care of his 22-year-old babysitter , Laurren Courtney.
The woman was initially arrested on charges of child abuse or neglect with significant bodily harm, but after the Clark County coroner’s office charged Ryan’s death as murder, prosecutors this week charged Courtney with first-degree murder.
Laurren Courtney, 22 (left), has been charged with first degree murder and child abuse or neglect for the death of five-year-old Ryan Peralto (right) on March 12.
The fatal beating was recorded on surveillance cameras installed by Ryan’s father, Kaiea Paralto (right) after his daughter (center) accused their babysitter of hurting Ryan (left)
According to an arrest report quoted by CLASSRyan’s savage beating was captured on CCTV cameras installed by his father in the family’s home after his seven-year-old daughter told him their babysitter was hurting her brother.
The report states that police arrived at the Peralto residence at the 5100 block of South Jones Boulevard on March 11 after a 911 call about an unresponsive child.
Ryan’s father, Kaiaa Peralto, told officers that while he was at work earlier in the day, he received a call from Courtney telling him that his son was “apparently not doing well and was coughing up blood.”
Peralto viewed footage from the surveillance cameras in his home using an app on his home and saw his son lying motionless on the sofa.
When he and his wife got home, the babysitter left.
Ryan’s death is considered a murder, caused by blunt force trauma to the head, chest, and abdomen. The boy suffered a skull fracture, brain hemorrhage and damage to his liver, spleen, pancreas and intestines
On March 11, Peralto received a call from Courtney, telling him that Ryan (left) was not doing well and was coughing up blood
Ryan was rushed to the University Medical Center, where he was diagnosed with serious internal injuries and died the following day.
An autopsy later revealed that Ryan died of blunt force trauma to the head, chest, and abdomen.
During interviews with police, Courtney, a self-proclaimed ‘entertainer’ who had been watching Peralto’s two children since August last year, admitted in frustration that he inflicted some of the injuries on the child.
The 22-year-old had apparently exploded in rage after Ryan came up to her and said he peed his pants.
[Courtney] stated that this is an ongoing problem and she is tired of having to clean up after him several times, week after week, ” the report said. According to [Courtney]When Ryan peed herself today, it was the last straw that sparked her anger. ‘
Courtney had reportedly admitted to pushing and hitting Ryan after telling her he peed in his pants
After initially denying any wrongdoing, Courtney reportedly admitted that she pushed the five-year-old harder than she should have, causing him to hit his head on the floor.
She said she might have been “blacked out” and couldn’t remember how he ended up in the bathroom.
Courtney also said she dragged Ryan from the bathroom to the living room and “thrown” him in his mouth. News3LVShe claimed to be suffering from mental health problems.
Police did not release the surveillance video of the attack, but described the poignant footage in the report, saying Courtney kicked, punched, punched and berated him over the course of 2 minutes.
Officers noted [Courtney] Pull Ryan through the bathroom doorway with one arm, ” the report said. Lauren (sic) says, “I know you’re pretending.” [Courtney] is observed kicking Ryan in the face with her foot, slapping his face and slapping the chest. [Courtney] then takes off Ryan’s underwear and drags him into the shower. ‘
In the video, Ryan is unresponsive when kicked and his body appears limp.
Video of the house reportedly showed the babysitter kicking, punching, hitting and dragging Ryan (right), who you can hear crying and moaning
The report details how Courtney allegedly hit the child several times, yelled at him, and dropped him and bumped him again.
Towards the end of the recording, as described by the police, Ryan can be heard crying and hurting as Courtney turns on the shower and walks out.
The woman’s boyfriend told police during an interview that after leaving the Peralto family’s home, Courtney had picked up some food for them from McDonald’s.
Police said in the report that when detectives told her during an initial interview that Ryan might not survive, she didn’t express any emotion.
Courtney is being held in prison without bail. She is due to appear in court again on May 18.
Meanwhile, a friend has one GoFundMe campaign to help the Peralto family put their son to rest.
“His radiant smile and infectious energy brightened every room he entered,” was the description of the fundraiser. “He was a wonderful, silly and cheerful little boy, who touched the lives of many with his energetic personality.”