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Babysittter gets jail time in child-abuse case

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  A 27-year-old baby sitter will spend at least 40 years in prison for causing skull fractures and a broken leg to a four-month-old girl she was watching.

Jeannette Janusiak of Reedsburg claims that somebody else caused Payten Shearer's injuries, and she wrote Sauk County Circuit Judge Patrick Taggart to beg for leniency. The judge, however, said the evidence against her was "overwhelming." Janusiak was given a mandatory life prison sentence this week, after a jury found her guilty of first-degree intentional homicide.

The state recommended extended supervision after 75 years, while the defense called for a 20-year term before release hearings. Taggart decided to keep Janusiak behind bars until at least 2054, when she's 67. The victim was a daughter of Janusiak's friend. Angela Shearer told the judge that she still can't fully understand how her friend could have hurt Payten.

Janusiak made it clear she'll appeal. In her words, "Me and my family are losing our lives for a life I didn't take."

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