Police: Kentucky babysitter brutally injures 8-month-old child

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ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WKYT) - Kentucky State Police say a babysitter admitted to physically harming an 8-month-old infant.

Investigators say they responded to Hardin Memorial Health in Elizabethtown Tuesday after receiving a report of a possible abuse case.

When they arrived, investigators learned the infant had sustained severe trauma to her head as well as having nail marks on other parts of her body.

The arrest report states that hospital workers described the injuries as "the worst blunt force trauma in an infant they had seen that had not died or had intercranial bleeding."

Police interviewed the babysitter, Jacy Mattingly, 23, of Elizabethtown, who admitted to striking the infant twice in the face. The strikes caused severe bruising to the infant's face and mouth.

Mattingly was booked in the Hardin County Jail and charged with first-degree criminal abuse.

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