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Reedsburg woman convicted of killing her best friend's baby girl

BARABOO, WI (WTAQ) - A babysitter from Reedsburg has been found guilty of killing a four-month-girl who was in her care.

Jurors delberated for two-and-a-half hours Wednesday, before convicting 27-year-old Jeannette Janusiak of first-degree intentional homicide. A sentencing date was not set.

She'll get a mandatory life prison term, but a Sauk County judge can set a possible date for a supervised release that's at least 20 years down the road.

The defense said it was not likely that Janusiak -- who did not have a history of child abuse -- would intentionally kill who was the daughter of her best friend.

Peyton Shearer died in 2011. Prosecutors said the baby's blood was splattered on a wall, used diapers, and bedding. Janusiak had told investigators that Peyton fell from a bed, and struck her head on the open drawer of a nightstand.

Authorities said she suffered three blows to the head.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)