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Babysitter sentenced for assaulting 1-year-old

Posted: Updated: Jul 28, 2016 10:55 PM
Markell Hilaire faces three months in jail and three years of supervised probation after pleading guilty to third-degree assault. (KPTV) Markell Hilaire faces three months in jail and three years of supervised probation after pleading guilty to third-degree assault. (KPTV)
WASHINGTON COUNTY, OR (KPTV) -

It took nearly three months of waiting before prosecutors finally moved forward with the case, a babysitter pleaded guilty to hurting a 1-year-old boy in Washington County Thursday, even offering an apology in court.

A picture of Jacob Marbury taken after he spent time with a babysitter was shared all over social media, sparking outrage and questions as to why someone had not faced charges.

The babysitter, Markell Hilaire, pleaded guilty to third-degree assault and apologized.

“First of all, I want to apologize for what I did,” he said in court. “It does not define what I am and I was not in the right state of mind when I did what I did and I hope that Jacob is ok and he grows.”

Jacob's mother Alicia Quinney said Hilaire was a family friend and watched over Jacob and his older sister back in march.

Quinney said when she and Jacob's dad came home they found the boy crying and alone on the floor of his bedroom, while Hilaire was passed out on the couch.

“My 3-year-old daughter, till this day, still talks about the stuff that happened that night,” she said.

Hilaire’s aunt, Dionee Hilaire, said she doesn't agree with the sentence because the parents knew he was drunk.

“I have a 17-year-old son, and I would never leave him in the hands of a drunk individual,” she said. “I mean you guys have kids. Would you leave them in the hands of drunk people? I don't think so.”

After her nephew pleaded guilty, though, she said she will support him.

Hilaire will be sentenced to three months in jail and three years of supervised probation.

Prosecutors waited nearly three months to pursue the case because of a wrinkle in the state law that requires prosecutors to prove beyond a reasonable doubt Jacob had suffered substantial pain and serious injury.

Jacob’s family said after investigators talked to doctors the case got underway.

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