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Trial date set for babysitter accused of killing baby

Published On: Mar 26 2013 09:22:13 PM CDT
MADISON, Wis. -

A trial date has been set for a Sauk County woman accused of killing a 4-month-old she was babysitting in August 2011.

Jeannette M. Janusiak, of Reedsburg, will face a jury in October.

Janusiak is charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the baby's death.

According to the criminal complaint, Janusiak said the baby had fallen off a bed and had hit her head on an open drawer of a nightstand while she had gone to the bathroom.

Janusiak told police that the baby was fine but later became unresponsive, and she called police, according to the complaint.

But a doctor who examined the child said the severity of her injuries indicate she would have been unresponsive immediately. The doctor told police that the baby was brain-dead after suffering skull fractures from three distinct impacts, according to the criminal complaint. The baby also suffered a clavicle fracture from an additional impact, the doctor said.

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