BROWNSVILLE — While babysitting a group of children in a Yuba County mountain town Thursday, a teenager allegedly “disciplined” a toddler, sending her to the hospital where she underwent emergency brain surgery.
After Gia Faye’s 16-year-old babysitter called 911, medical personnel discovered the unconscious toddler with suspicious injuries.
Yuba County Sheriff’s deputies were then called to the home on La Porte Road near Aero Way. There they arrested the 16-year-old on suspicion of felony child abuse as well as an outstanding warrant out of Sacramento County.
The teen was at the Brownsville residence looking after Gia and three other children, all ranging in age from infancy to 5 years old, according to Yuba County officials.
When the babysitter was initially interviewed he said that Gia’s head injury was the result of him “attempting to discipline” the girl.
In a GoFundMe set up by Gia’s mother, Jessica Lamar, the woman says Child Protective Services told her the story behind her toddler’s injuries was far more complex.
“He has confessed to slamming her against the wall for allegedly sneaking candy and there was a significant time laps [sic] from when he called me and I called 911 to when he called 911,” Lamar wrote. “My 5 year old saw and said he was stricking [sic] her with a towel tryin [sic] to wake her up.”
Gia was delivered 10 weeks premature at UC Davis Medical Center, the same hospital where she is now recovering from surgery. Her mother said the little girl fought for her life then and she will do it again.
Lamar also tells FOX40 she forgives the teenager who has been booked into juvenile hall. She says she trusted him immensely, allowing him to move into her Brownsville home after his family kicked him out. She says he has always been good with her kids and was a good kid himself who just happened to make a big mistake.
Now the mother of six is asking for help with travel expenses via the GoFundMe page. Since her car broke down, she will need to pay to transport her family back and forth between the hospital and their home.