Girlfriend gets 10 years in prison for shaken baby death

Oct 8, 2019

A woman who admitted she violently shook her boyfriend's 2-year-old daughter while babysitting her has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for the toddler's death.

Brianna Valenti, 27, of Grand Island was sentenced Monday in Erie County Court.

Valenti pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in August for the death of Raelynn Fuller in September 2018. She pleaded guilty to the highest sustainable charge.

The Erie County District Attorney's Office said Valenti "recklessly engaged in conduct that created a grave risk of serious physical injury by violently shaking Raelynn Fuller, which caused head trauma that resulted in her death."

The DA said Valenti called 911 on Sept. 10, 2018 to report the child was unrepsonsive. The child was rushed to Oishei Children's Hospital unconscious from Valenti's apartment and was on life support for almost two weeks before being taken off.

Valenti apologized to the child's family in court. The toddler's grandmother read a letter expressing the loss the family has suffered.