A nightmare nanny has been sentenced 25 years to life after killing a four-week-old baby by ‘violently shaking’ and ‘squeezing him’ before ‘throwing him down on the bed’ and eating lunch while he lay dying.
Victoria Fox, 40, was hired by an unnamed couple from Singapore who had flown the deranged babysitter to San Diego to care for their son Phoenix while they attended the surrogate birth of their twins.
Phoenix was the couple’s ‘miracle child’ conceived after the couple secured a surrogate in the hope of providing a sibling for their eldest son.
But at just four-weeks-old, Phoenix suffered a horrific and tragic end in August 2021 when left with Fox, NBC San Diego reported.
Victoria Fox, 40, has been sentenced 25 years to life after killing a four-week-old baby by ‘violently shaking’ and ‘squeezing him’ before ‘throwing him down on the bed’ and eating lunch while he lay dying
‘Phoenix died within a day or so of his injures,’ San Diego County Deputy District Attorney Ramona McCarthy told the outlet.
‘He suffered an extreme head trauma, extreme subdural hemorrhaging and a fractured femur, however, what he died from was the result of blunt force trauma.’
Fox remained stony faced as she appeared before the court saying through her public defender that she was ‘deeply sorry.’
The twisted babysitter wore a plain white sweater and had her hair pulled back as she tried to hide behind the barricade of the court room.
She remained emotionless throughout her sentencing.
The couple had rented an Airbnb in San Diego and brought their eldest son, a nanny and Phoenix with them to wait for the birth.
With two young children and twins on the way the couple decided to hire a second nanny to lighten the load and according to court documents Fox was the clear choice.
Fox had been fully vetted, her references thoroughly checked before she was hired and even spent a few days with the family before Phoenix had been left alone with her.
According to the San Diego Union Tribune, Fox told investigators that at about 2.30am Phoenix woke up and was crying.
He was still crying about a half-hour later, which started to shift Fox’s mood who reportedly ‘grew upset.’
The court heard that Fox had also told investigators that she’d been tired before she violently tried to stop the infant’s crying.
Phoenix was thrown on the bed, squeezed harder than she’d ever squeezed a child and shook before being thrown a second time onto the bed.
In text messages over the course of several hours, Fox told Phoenix’s mother that the boy was not eating much and was suffering from gas pains.
At about 2 pm Fox asked the mother what time she’d be home. Alarmed, the mother rushed home.
The baby was limp, his lips were blue, and he was barely breathing, the court heard.
Fox insisted the boy had been dehydrated and that medical treatment wasn’t necessary, prosecutors said.
After Phoenix’s death the couple learned that the ‘stellar’ recommendations they’d received from Fox had been a lie.
‘There’s no question that it sends a chilling effect to parents in our community,’ said McCarthy.
‘Phoenix died within a day or so of his injures,’ San Diego County Deputy District Attorney Ramona McCarthy said
The twisted babysitter wore a plain white sloppy joe and had her hair pulled back as she tried to hide behind the barricade of the court room
After Phoenix’s death the couple learned that the ‘stellar’ recommendations they’d received from Fox had been a lie, the court heard
The parents issued this brief written statement to the court. It was read aloud by McCarthy: ‘On behalf of our late son Phoenix, my wife and I want to thank the incredible support we have received from all investigating officers and the Prosecutors Office.
‘We think of Phoenix every day and this horrific event still affects us as a family deeply.
‘We hope this sentence means no other family or child will experience what we have been through at the hands of Ms. Fox.’