STANTON, Mich. — A Montcalm County woman was sentenced Friday to 26-75 years in prison for the death of a toddler last year.
Kellie Barthel pleaded “no contest” to second-degree murder back in September.
Court documents indicate the other charges she was facing – open murder, child abuse and first-degree murder – were dismissed.
Barthel, 36, was arrested on April 8, 2020 after 1-year-old Vayda Vazquez was found unresponsive on March 2.
Emergency crews unsuccessfully tried to revive Vazquez.
Her death was later ruled a homicide.
The toddler’s father, Christopher Sanchez, previously told Fox 17 he had learned his daughter had died through social media and that Vayda was at the home of a babysitter he didn’t approve when she died.
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