DA Vance: Former Babysitter Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Attempted Murder, Strangulation of Two-Month-Old Child


January 14, 2019

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., announced the sentencing of MARIANNE BENJAMIN-WILLIAMS, 47, a former babysitter, to 15 years in prison for attempting to murder her employers’ two-month-old child by shoving a baby wipe down the child’s throat. On December 11, 2018, a New York State Supreme Court jury found the defendant guilty on all the charges against her, including Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, Assault in the First and Second Degrees, and Strangulation in the First Degree.

“Marianne Benjamin-Williams sealed her own fate when she attempted to murder the two-month-old child left in her care in such a violent, gruesome manner,” said District Attorney Vance. “But this defendant’s penchant for lying – first, to the family as she tried to gain employment and, then, on the witness stand as she blamed the victim’s infant sister – only made matters worse, exacerbating the details of this horrific case. Her crime continues to haunt the family and has left an indelible mark on their now-two-year-old son’s life. I would like to thank my office’s prosecutors for securing a significant jail sentence in this case and for ensuring that no other family suffers at the hands of this defendant.”

The press release from BENJAMIN-WILLIAMS’ trial conviction is available here.

Assistant D.A.s Nicole Blumberg, Chief of the Child Abuse Unit, and Kristen Caruso, also of the Child Abuse Unit, handled the prosecution of the case under the supervision of Executive Assistant D.A.s Audrey Moore, Chief of the Special Victims Bureau, and John Irwin, Chief of the Trial Division. Senior Trial Counsel Joel Seidemann, Assistant D.A. James Zaleta, Senior Rackets Investigator Miguel Cruz, Investigative Analyst Hannah Carlson, and Trial Preparation Assistant Lucretia Bunzel also provided valuable assistance with the case.

District Attorney Vance thanked the following individuals for their assistance with the case: NYPD Detective Christopher Shaw of the Special Victims Division; NYPD Officer Matthew McGrath of the 13th Precinct; FDNY Firefighter John Loupfan; FDNY Paramedic Timothy Anson; and the entire medical staff at Bellevue Hospital and NYU Langone Medical Center.

 

Defendant Information:

MARIANNE BENJAMIN-WILLIAMS, D.O.B. 7/21/1971

New York, NY

Convicted:

  • Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, a class B felony, one count
  • Assault in the First Degree, a class B felony, one count
  • Strangulation in the First Degree, a class C felony one count
  • Assault in the Second Degree, a class D felony, one count
  • Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree, a class D felony, two counts
  • Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a class A misdemeanor, one count

Sentenced:

  • 15 years in prison