Maine 10-Year-Old Charged With Manslaughter in Baby's Death

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Nicole Greenaway left her 3-month-old daughter with a babysitter overnight two months ago. The sitter's 10-year-old daughter has since been charged with manslaughter in the baby's death. Yes, 10. How did this tragic tale happen?

Greenaway had previously trusted co-worker, Amanda Huard, to babysit her kids - baby Brooklyn and her 2-year-old sister - at Huard's Fairfield, Maine, home.

Greenaway says she did not want the sitter's daughter in charge of the baby.

"My concern was that she was only 10," Greenaway tells the Maine Sun Journal. "She did like to hold her a lot, feed her, change her diapers and stuff."

"I was fine with that, as long as she wasn't left alone."

But according to Greenaway, the sitter broke that trust, placing the baby's playpen bassinet in the older girl's room for the night. The mistake turned fatal.

Baby Brooklyn Foss-Greenaway died July 8.

After the frantic call from Huard saying that Brooklyn wasn't breathing,a  race to the hospital ended with doctors telling Greenaway her daughter had died.

Later, the medical examiner ruled Brooklyn's death was caused by suffocation; Greenaway also says she could see a black eye and bruises on Brooklyn's face.

Greenaway also was told that toxicology tests revealed evidence of amphetamines in her baby's system that matched the 10-year-old's ADD medication.

Seven weeks later, on August 30, prosecutors stunned many observers in announcing that the 10-year-old was charged with manslaughter in the case.

The case is generating controversy as well as tough questions about blame and whether the young defendant can even be judged competent to stand trial.

The girl, currently in state custody, is due in court in October. If found guilty as a juvenile she could face an 11-year sentence until she's 21.