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Baby Sitter Pleads Guilty in Orange Scalding Case

Posted March 27, 2008

— A baby sitter facing first-degree murder in the scalding death of her best friend's toddler daughter pleaded guilty to a lesser murder charge Thursday, avoiding a possible life sentence.

The plea means Jamie Lee Wilson, 23, will get 31.8 to 40.5 years in prison on charges of felonious child abuse, first-degree kidnapping and second-degree murder in the Dec. 20, 2005, death of 2-year-old Briana Faucette.

Evidence presented in court showed Briana died six hours after suffering second- and third-degree burns on more than half of her body, including the back of her legs and knees.

According to an autopsy report, it appeared as though she had curled up in a ball while being dipped in hot water. Deputies took a temperature sample of water in the home and said it measured 140 degrees.

Prosecutors said Wilson, who was baby-sitting Briana at the time, waited 12 hours before calling 911. When she did, according to a 911 call, she told a dispatcher she awoke from a nap to find the child lying dead on the floor.

She told investigators, according to a search warrant, she spilled boiling water on the floor and that Briana sat in it.

In a statement read by her attorney, Wilson asked the child's family for forgiveness.

"I can't accept an apology from her, at least not at this point in my life," Briana's mother, Sherry Faucette, said outside the Orange County Courthouse.

"I think there will be a time I'll have to forgive myself for allowing my kids to be with her. So, there's no way I can forgive her before I can forgive myself for the things I just didn't see with her."

Faucette, joined in court by relatives wearing buttons with Briana's photo on them, said she agreed to the plea deal so they could move on with their lives.

"My best friend of 10 years – I never would have imagined she would have done something like this," Faucette said. "It's something we're going to deal with for the rest of our lives."


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  • sissym Mar 28, 2008

    Our system stinks!!!!It is just going to keep getting worse!

  • LoveOneAnotherAsChristTaught Mar 28, 2008

    I don't agree that she should have the charge reduced. I do think that 31 to 40 years is excessive and more than adequate punishment. I personally believe that the US should adopt the sentencing structure used in most of Europe and Canada.

  • VT1994Hokie Mar 28, 2008

    This is one of the worst stories that I have lately. How could a human being do this to an infant? How could her lawyer get a 2nd degree charge? I ask this--when are we as Americans going to demand that the Court System change their laws to protect us?

    This case is totally out of whack. We the people are allowing Lawyers and Politicians to rule our state and Country. My trust and faith is slowly fading.

  • Adelinthe Mar 28, 2008

    foetine - Well, you got further along the headline than I did - I thought someone scalded an orange.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Adelinthe Mar 28, 2008

    whiskers on kittens - Hey! I didn't blame anyone, was just sharing facts about toilet training cause so many folks simply don't know anything about it.

    And this I know, cause I owned and operated a child care for 10-years. Folks take a couple of days to read a book and think by the time they get done with the book, the child will be trained. Well...it ain't so, and it isn't the kid's fault.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • whiskers on kitten Mar 28, 2008

    I read comments posted yesterday and again today, and feel I must speak. This was a very tragic accident to a beautiful innocent little girl. I have to say, in my life, I have had the same feelings as you people have. However I know both sides of this case, I was at the trial and I can say I will never again post negative responses without knowing the full truth. Someone asked why did the court system fail and not give life for this crime. Believe me they tried and wanted too, but there was not enough evidence to put her behind jail for life. They dug into everything they could for two and half years, and could not find enough evidence. Both sides have to share blame in this death of an innocent child.
    We should never judge anyone until there is full evidence known to you, and Rev, you of all people should know this and preach it. God bless both sides who have suffered and to be with them all..

  • jellybeanz Mar 28, 2008

    She will serve between 31.8 to 40.5 years, she is not eligible for parole. She is under structured sentencing guidelines. She should have to serve more.

  • Panther Mar 28, 2008

    Will she serve her whole sentence or be paroled in 10 years? I don’t know the law in this region as well as I should.

  • GetRight Mar 28, 2008

    I agree with all of the other posts. This appears to be a cut and dry capital punishment case. I cannot imagine a scenario where this was not vicious and sadistic. Then she lied and significantly changed her story. (woke up and found her dead on the floor... spilled boiling water and she must have sat in it) This lady is whacked!

  • Adelinthe Mar 28, 2008

    Bet it was a toilet-training episode. Some folks don't realize that all kids aren't ready at 2, and furthermore, that it can take weeks, months, sometimes even a year or two for a child to become fully potty trained for various reasons.

    Adults are the child's coach during these times, not their bully to dictator.

    How this poor child must've suffered. Praying for her wee soul and for those who truly loved her.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB