10- to 20-year term in 1992 Pa. infant death

Melissa Haskell

October 24, 2012 3:53:54 PM PDT
A suburban Philadelphia woman has been sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison in the death of an infant for whom she was baby-sitting two decades ago.

Reports say 39-year-old Melissa Haskell, formerly of Pottstown, choked back tears as she was sentenced Wednesday in Montgomery County Court on a third-degree murder conviction.

She again maintained her innocence in the August 1992 death of 5-month-old Ryan Baurley at a King of Prussia home, saying "I loved that child like he was my own."

Judge Garrett Page said "the jury has spoken" and imposed the maximum sentence allowed under 1992 law.

The death was originally attributed to sudden infant death syndrome, but a coroner later said the boy died of suffocation and acute alcohol intoxication.