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Babysitter responsible for toddler's death sentenced to 20 years, could be deported

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Kinjal Patel. (New Haven police photo) Kinjal Patel. (New Haven police photo)

A babysitter found to be responsible for a 19-month-old boy's death was sentenced on Tuesday.

Kinjal Patel, 29, was found guilty of first-degree manslaughter.

After multiple continuances, Patel was sentenced to 20 years in prison suspended after 14.

She never posted bail so court officials said she's been behind bars since her arrest over two years ago.

Court officials said she could be deported.

During her first court appearance just days after the incident on Jan. 16, 2014, a trembling Patel faced a judge in New Haven.

Police said she admitted to losing her temper and slamming the child to the floor in her New Haven apartment.

The toddler died three days later from a skull fracture and internal bleeding. The medical examiner ruled the boy's death a homicide.

Patel told investigators that she "grabbed the victim's cheeks on both sides with her fingers and forcefully shook his head back and forth."

She then said "she pushed the victim's face backwards hitting his head on the kitchen floor."

A guilty plea was entered on Aug. 18, 2015 under the Alford Doctrine, in which she admitted there was enough evidence to convict her despite disagreeing with the prosecution.

At the time of her arrest, Eyewitness News learned that the state was also looking into another incident involving Patel and the child. That incident allegedly took place a month before the boy's death.

Patel's attorney has argued that her actions that led to the boy's death were not intentional.

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