Rene Bailey sentenced for child's 2001 death

Rene Bailey (WHAM file photo)

Rochester, N.Y. - The former daycare provider who pleaded guilty in the 2001 death of a child was sentenced Thursday.

Rene Bailey was sentenced to 12 and a half years in prison. Prosecutors she will end up serving two and a half years of probation because of previously serving 13 years in connection with the death of two-and-a-half-year-old Brittney Sheets.

Sheets died June 6, 2001. Medical experts testified at the first trial that the 23-pound toddler suffered injuries equal to being shaken violently ten to 20 times. They said the injuries could only have been caused by Bailey. She was convicted and sentenced to prison, where she served nearly 13 years.

Bailey was released in 2014 after new attorneys stepped into the case and presented witnesses who questioned the science behind what used to be known as "shaken baby syndrome."

Bailey was granted a new trial, but pleaded guilty to assault earlier this year.

At her sentencing Thursday, a judge called Bailey's actions, "Horrific," and said she failed to get appropriate medical treatment for two-and-a-half-year-old Brittney Sheets.

Bailey did not speak during sentencing Thursday.

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