A mother from Colorado thought she had hired the perfect babysitter. Unfortunately, when her son was found unresponsive and fighting for his life, she was not only left devastated but realized how greatly mistaken she has been. Things only got worse once the police were involved, and the trusting mother was furious to learn her babysitter’s sick secret.
When Ashley England was looking for a babysitter for her seven-month-old son Landon, Caleb Collins seemed like the perfect fit. Sadly, she’d soon find out she was wrong as she faced her worst nightmare when she received a call informing her that her son was unresponsive and in the hospital, and things would only get worse. She would soon learn that her trusted babysitter admitted to police that he had caused her son’s life-threatening injuries.
In June 2016, while Collins was babysitting Landon, the curious baby had “crawled towards his Play Station 4 and pulled one of the cables,” according to Daily Mail. Instead of responding like a normal adult, Collins instead “forcibly threw” the baby, who flipped in the air before landing on his head.
To make matters even worse, Collins immediately called 911 but claimed that the boy had accidentally fallen from his arms. After a few hours of feeling guilty for what he had done, the sick babysitter eventually admitted to police how the injury had really happened.
Meanwhile, the young toddler was fighting for his life at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Although Landon was breathing after the incident, he was unconscious and had suffered severe head trauma, including a fractured skull and brain bleeding in the frontal lobe area. It was then that doctors told Ashley that their son would “likely never see, hear, or have purposeful movement” again. In fact, at one point, doctors discussed the possibility that the family should consider withdrawing care, but Ashley and Landon’s father refused.
By nothing short of a miracle, Landon is now 18-months-old and is making a slow but steady recovery. Although her son hasn’t hit the milestones most children accomplish by his age, he has begun rolling and babbling, and he is even able to see again after being blind for several months. The family has since opened a GoFundMe account to help pay for Landon’s healthcare costs. It has already raised over $7,500 of their $10,000 goal.
Collins has since been charged with attempted murder and child abuse causing serious bodily injury. He has recently been given an 18-year prison sentence, which seems far too short for what he’s done to Landon, who will pay the price for the rest of his life.
Some people are truly ugly individuals. When a gaming console is more important than an innocent child’s life, not only do you have a problem, but you shouldn’t be a babysitter. Although babysitting may seem like “easy money,” it’s not. When a child’s parents have entrusted you to keep their child safe from harm while they are away, you need to take that responsibility seriously.
Although Collins may be in jail for eighteen years, it is nothing compared to the lifetime of struggles he has forced an innocent child to deal with. However, he must face the possibility that a few of his fellow inmates might want to drop him on his head after learning about his crime, and he won’t get any sympathy from me.