Lauren J Courtney: Nevada babysitter pleads guilty to beating boy, 5, to death after he wet himself

Lauren J Courtney: Nevada babysitter pleads guilty to beating boy, 5, to death after he wet himself
Lauren J Courtney (L) has been charged with the first-degree murder of Ryan Peralto (R) (Screenshot/8NewsNow, and Kaiea Peralto/Facebook)

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA: A babysitter who beat a child to death because he "urinated himself", is facing life imprisonment, as per court orders. Lauren Jeanette Courtney, 23, is understood to have come to an agreement with the prosecutors that she will plead guilty to the murder of Ryan James Peralto, 5. The child whom the Nevada woman was looking after died from sustaining a skull fracture and brain bleed in 2021. 

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As per reports, Courtney will be pleading guilty to a single count of first-degree murder and could be pardoned after 20 years behind the bars. Initially, the charges included three counts of abuse or neglect causing substantial bodily or mental harm, four counts of child abuse or neglect, and one count of child endangerment apart from that of the murder of the child. 

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Before pleading guilty, she had a trial date set for October 17, 2022. Backtracking to the incident, it was Courtney who called the victim's father Kaiea, and his wife, informing him that their son has thrown up blood on March 21, 2021. The couple had asked Courtney to look after their son while they were off to work. The couple also had surveillance cameras installed in their home to scrutiny what was happening in the house during their absence. The CCTV cameras were installed after Kaiea's daughter, 7, had mentioned the babysitter hurting Ryan. Courtney was apparently aware of the cameras. However, that did not stop her. 

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Courtney cleaned the floor and called the boy's father 10 minutes later. After reaching his home, Kaiea found his son unconscious. "Officers were able to view video surveillance on an app from Kaiea’s phone. Officers observed (Courtney) pulling Ryan by one arm through the doorway of the bathroom. Lauren states ‘I know you are faking it.' (Courtney) is observed kicking Ryan in the face with her foot, punching his face, and slap his chest. (Courtney) then takes off Ryan’s underwear and drags him into the shower. The beating he then received is understood to have lasted two minutes, leaving the boy with head injuries and also “damage to his spleen, liver, pancreas, and intestines," the police stated. 

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According to Law&Crime, the spellings of the convict's name varied from Lauren and Laurren, with the court going forward with the former in documents. 

Courtney is currently being held at the Clark County Detention Center.

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