VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - A Virginia Beach foster mother is charged with seconddegree murder, for the death of a 9-month-old child in hercare.
Police say the child, Braxton Taylor, died on February 7, 2010at the Children's Hospital of the Kings Daughters in Norfolk.Emergency Services personnel were called to a home in the 5300block of Glenville Circle the day before and discovered the babyunresponsive in his crib.
An autopsy was performed and the Medical Examiner's Office ruledthe child died from shaken baby syndrome.
Police arrested the child's foster mother, 28-year-old KathleenGaniere.
Neighbors said they don't know the suspect
"They were foster parents entrusted with the temporary care of achild. You're taking a child to people the child doesn't even knowand they're supposed to trust them and something like this happens,allegedly happens," said David Johnson, a neighbor.
Last weekend, Shawna Strahan said, "We saw 4 or 5 police cars, afire truck and an ambulance down there."
That's when she suspected the worst. "It's sad, it's scary.You don't really know the people in your neighborhood I guess. Ididn't know her," Strahan said. "I don't know how you could do thatto a little child."
Ganiere declined a request for an interview from the jail. Abond hearing is set for next week.
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