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Michigan Babysitter Accused of Fatally Assaulting 3-Year-Old Girl Who Threw Up on Herself

Michigan Woman Accused of Fatal Assault on Autistic Child
Source: Detroit Police Department; GoFundMe

Iesha Harris (left) allegedly locked the child in a room while she smoked marijuana with a friend, police said.

Mar. 28 2024, Published 12:07 p.m. ET

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A Michigan woman has been arrested after the 3-year-old girl she was babysitting died from blunt force trauma, according to authorities.

On March 17, Iesha Harris, 30, was reportedly babysitting her friend’s toddler at a home in Detroit, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.

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Around 1:30 p.m. that day, Harris fatally assaulted the girl, who was reportedly autistic and nonverbal, prosecutors alleged.

Court documents obtained by WJBK-TV show the victim’s parents claim Harris allegedly locked Henderson and her own 1-year-old child in a bedroom for a few hours so that she allegedly could smoke marijuana with a friend.

Harris was upset with the victim, later identified as Harmoni Henderson, because she threw up on herself, officials said.

Harris allegedly threw boiling-hot water on the toddler’s face and head, and then slammed the girl's head into the side of the bathtub, authorities said.

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The victim’s mother, Paris England, told WJBK that she called Harris to check in on her daughter, and Harris claimed the child had injured herself falling down the stairs.

Henderson’s mother returned home the next morning and found her daughter deceased in a bed.

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Court records allege the child died overnight, but Harris never called 911.

Investigators determined the toddler died of blunt force trauma injuries allegedly caused by Harris.

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Harris was arrested and charged with felony murder and first-degree child abuse.

On March 20, she was arraigned and booked into jail.

"I would never in one million years (think) she would do this to my baby," said the baby's mother, England. "Even if you think you trust the person, you can't."

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