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NJ Babysitter Convicted of Beating of Toddler to Death

Babysitter Murder

What to Know

  • A babysitter accused of fatally beating a toddler has been convicted of murder
  • Hudson County prosecutors say Andrew Howard-French was also convicted Thursday of child endangerment and endangering an injured victim
  • An autopsy determined that 23-month-old Bryce Sparrow died from multiple blunt force injuries and his death was ruled a homicide

A babysitter accused of fatally beating a toddler has been convicted of murder.

Hudson County prosecutors say Andrew Howard-French was also convicted Thursday of child endangerment and endangering an injured victim.

The counts against the 29-year-old Jersey City man stemmed from the July 2018 death of 23-month-old Bryce Sparrow.

An autopsy determined that the child died from multiple blunt force injuries and his death was ruled a homicide.

Howard-French now faces a possible life term.

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