A baby sitter admitted to torturing and killing a 16-month-old boy who was in her care for two days, according to New York City prosecutors.
Gloria Fields, 31, was baby-sitting Anthony Delgado while the child's mother made preparations for a move to another apartment in New York City's Staten Island borough, the New York Daily News reported.
Initially, Fields denied she harmed the boy, and told cops the same story she told Anthony's mother -- that Anthony was injured in a playground accident, but seemed fine when she put him to bed on the night of Feb. 20.
After Anthony died from his injuries at Staten Island University Hospital North, and a medical examiner found he'd suffered blunt force trauma to his head and torso as well as rectal bleeding, Fields admitted she tortured the boy, The New York Times reported.
While taking heroin and smoking marijuana, the baby sitter strapped Anthony into a stroller and slammed his face into the ground, she admitted to cops. She also reportedly slapped the boy, and sexually abused him by forcing a crayon and a pencil into his rectum. The New York Post quoted a law enforcement source who said Fields left the pencil inside the child's rectum for 36 hours.
In all, the torture lasted two days before Fields returned Anthony to his grandmother on Feb. 21. That's when the grandmother called 911, and paramedics tried to stabilize Anthony before taking him to hospital.
“For 48 hours, this depraved woman systematically tortured a 16-month-old baby,” Staten Island District Attorney Michael McMahon told reporters. “No creature on this earth, let alone an innocent child, deserves to undergo such horrific torment.”
Fields was still allegedly high when she was arrested and her interview with detectives began, New York Daily News reported. On her way to a preliminary court hearing, Fields responded to questions from reporters, saying she cared for Anthony and denying she hurt him.
“No I didn’t,” Fields said outside the 120th Precinct, reports New York Daily News. “I don’t know [what happened].”
Fields showed "no emotion" during her first court hearing, The New York Times reported, while Anthony's relatives sobbed and shouted insults at her from the court gallery.
Fields, who has nine previous arrests, according to New York Daily News, was charged on Feb. 24 with murder, aggravated sexual abuse and seven counts of assault. She's scheduled to return to court on March 21.
Linda Cromwell, Anthony’s great-aunt, told The New York Times the family was "distraught" and "devastated" by what Fields allegedly did to the child.
“I’m trying not to be angry,” Cromwell added later. “The only way I’m getting through it is through faith.”