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Manassas Babysitter Who Murdered Toddler Sentenced

Jessica Fraraccio was sentenced Monday on charges related to a 23-month-old death.  (Patch file.)
Jessica Fraraccio was sentenced Monday on charges related to a 23-month-old death. (Patch file.)
A woman who pleaded guilty to smothering her 23-month-old babysitting charge will serve five years in prison for the crime. 

Jessica Fraraccio, 22, of Manassas pleaded guilty in October to felony child abuse and felony murder charges in connection with the August 2012 death of 23-month-old Elijah Nealey at his family's Manassas home. 

On Monday, Jan 13,  Fraraccio was sentenced to 50 years in prison—the maximum penalty under the law— but all but five of those years are suspended, according to an NBC report

Fraraccio was arrested in March about seven months after Elijah's death. Police said an investigation revealed the boy died of suffocation. 

At some point, Fraraccio told police she’d smothered Elijah by putting her hand over his mouth because he was misbehaving as she tried to feed him, Michael Nealey told Patch in an earlier report. 

Read the father's reaction to his son's death, his murderer's arrest and guilty plea: Father of Slain Toddler Grapples With Son's Death, Weighs in on Babysitter's Guilty Plea
jalefema January 15, 2014 at 02:05 PM
The suspension of the majority of this sentence is a TRAVESTY! How disgusting that someone can murder an innocent child and get away with only serving 5 years in prison! What kind of a judge would do such a thing? I am appalled!
Deborah Kelly January 16, 2014 at 10:08 AM
What kind of judge would do such a thing? A judge who should have been drug tested before he was allowed to enter the courtroom! The well respected Judge Patrick D. Molinari is moaning and rolling over in his grave over this appalling and inexcusable sentence. Prince William County deserves better - this judge should be removed from the bench and the sentence should be thrown out. Where is the JUSTICE for this innocent little boy?! Where is the justice for his family?! Where is there ANY justice in this "sentence"?! And, I believe it was NBC news that reported part of "the sentence" was for her to pay $1 (one dollar) per year AFTER she gets out of prison to a charity of her choice - ONE DOLLAR and PER YEAR?! Who's on crack?! Who orders this?! Who does this?! What kind of message does this send to other potential child abusers and child murderers in our county?! I'm outraged to feel that this "sentence" places more value on the life of the perpetrator than on the life of this innocent baby (he wasn't even 2 yet)! We need mandatory drug testing for our judges if they aren't already being tested! My opinion, this judge should be removed from the bench and the sentence should be thrown out! This little boy cannot be brought back but he and his parents deserve JUSTICE! There is NO COMFORT for this baby's parents in this "sentence"!

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