Babysitter Maria Sixtos, a 48-year-old Livingston resident, was recently arrested two years after police say she killed a 1-year-old boy in her care.
“The child died as a result of some sort of trauma to the brain,” said Livingston Police Chief Ruben Chavez.
Chavez says SIxtos confessed her crime to investigators.
“She did admit to what had occurred, yes,” Chavez said.
Police say that in March of 2011, inside a Citrus Court home where she also cared for the boy’s older sister and her own grandchild, Sixtos threw the boy against a couch – causing his fatal injury.
“That’s really shocking to hear,” said Barbara Nunes, who also works as a babysitter.
Nunes babysits her sister’s two small children and admits caring for kids can be stressful.
“There is quite some. But there’s fun to it as well,” Nunes said.
“It’s really, really sad because it makes you a little more hesitant to even put your kid in anybody else’s care,” said J.J. Reaties, a Stockton-area father.
Reaties’ 11-year-old daughter was in daycare back when she was just two.
“To find out someone’s actually abusing them is really scary,” Reaties said.
Sixtos was related to the one year old she’s accused of killing.
“That’s even worse because family is the one you’re supposed to always trust,” Reaties said.
The deputy district attorney and chief said the forensic pathologist on the case moved away, causing the delay in the investigation.
“You always want that little bit of closure even if it takes two years, five years. You always want the closure in the end that finally you got a little bit of justice over that,” Reaties said.
Sixtos’ family had no comment on her arrest.