A baby sitter on Travis Air Force Base is suspected by police of shaking a toddler so violently that the child died.
Fairfield police arrested Gina Nicole Bailey, 24, a civilian who resides on the base, on Tuesday, charging her with suspicion of assault on a baby causing death. Fairfield police said that their investigation, in conjunction with military police, revealed that the toddler had been shaken hard and dropped on the floor by Bailey.
The investigation began on Thursday when the 18-month-old boy was transported from a home on base in the 100 block of Michigan Street to the base hospital because he was having difficulty breathing.
The toddler had to be placed on a ventilator. There were no signs of trauma on the child’s body.
The toddler, eventually transferred to UC Davis Medical Center, died on Friday.
Detectives working with Air Force Office of Special Investigations determined the toddler had been in the care of Bailey, the child’s regular sitter. Interviews and autopsy results led detectives to the conclusion that the toddler’s death was a homicide due to severe internal brain injury.