Daycare worker sentenced to 30 years in child’s death

Published: Aug. 27, 2020 at 5:49 PM EDT
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WHITLEY COUNTY, Ind. (WNDU) - Now to an update on a story we have been following closely.

The daycare worker who caused a child’s fatal traumatic brain injury back in 2018 was sentenced to 30 years in prison Thursday.

Courtney Kincaid was watching Emma Grace Leeman in 2018 when the child suffered a head injury that left her brain dead. She was only 11 months old when she died.

Kincaid was found guilty of aggravated battery and neglect, causing death.

The family says they can now move forward knowing that Kincaid has been sentenced.

“There’s just something so soothing knowing she is behind bard and being held accountable...But at the very least maybe she will kind of get a grasp on what we feel and why we grieve so hard and why we have advocated so long for this day...She was given the opportunity to give a statement, but because she wants to appeal and maintain her innocence, she chose not to speak today,” said mother Sherry Leeman.

Emma Grace’s organs have been donated to two little kids.

“And they are such grateful families and have all said these are your babies now,” Leeman said.

Family and friends say Emma Grace gave them so much joy and love.

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