An identified 16-year-old was at the Lamar’s home looking after Gia, 2-year-old, and three of her siblings, according to reports.
The teenage babysitter allegedly admitted to his faults to sheriff’s deputies and told the toddler sustained severe head injuries when he “disciplined” her.
When the first responders arrived at a Brownsville, CA, home Thursday, Gia Faye’s injuries were so bad she had to be transported by helicopter to a hospital in Sacramento for an emergency brain surgery.
Authorities say the teenager admitted in an interview that the girl’s head injury was the result of him “attempting to discipline” the 2-year-old.
Jessica Lamar, Gia’s mother, said her daughter was supposed to be asleep when she snuck a piece of candy.
“So he confessed to slamming her against the wall, and she hit her head on the edge,” Lamar said.
It took the medical team nearly three hours long of emergency brain surgery to save the 2-year-old’s life.
The girl’s mother said doctors told her that the blow to the head shifted Gia’s brain. Th procedure was to remove a blood clot and half the 2-year-old’s skull for the swelling.
Lamar says it’s hard for her to see her daughter who was also born 10 weeks premature, back in the hospital, fighting for her life for the second time.
“After already seeing her in this condition when she was first born and she already beat this place, now she’s right back here again,” she said.
There have been suspicions of the 16-year-old accused of hurting her daughter for four years. She said she won’t be speaking to the teenager again, but she forgives him.
“I’m not going to hold a grudge against him. He’s a young boy. He made a mistake,” she says.
The teenager was arrested on suspicion of felony child abuse as well as an outstanding warrant. He was booked into a juvenile hall.