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Minnesota babysitter who broke infant's legs sentenced to 18 months

BEMIDJI, Minn.—A Bemidji woman who broke an infant's legs while babysitting was sentenced to one year and six months in prison Monday.

Bridget Renee Stately, 42, received credit for the 77 days she has spent in the Beltrami County Jail since her May 29 arrest. She was charged May 30 with third-degree assault and child endangerment.

Stately was allegedly caught on a "Nanny Cam" grabbing the 3-month-old infant's feet and twisting her ankles after the child became fussy during a feeding. When the baby's mother noticed the girl was in pain and took her to the hospital, X-rays showed that the child's tibias were broken.

While speaking with investigators, Stately said she has anger issues and had been using meth while watching the baby, the criminal complaint said.

Grace Pastoor

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