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Babysitter arraigned on murder charge for death of toddler

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Posted at 4:34 PM, May 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-24 16:34:54-04

A Marilla teen has been arraigned on an indictment charging him with murder in the death of a toddler.

Prosecutors say 17-year-old Devon VanDerWege caused the death, by blunt force trauma, of 2-year-old Ethan Bigham while caring for him at a home on Hemstreet Road in March 2017.

According to the District Attorney's Office, VanDerWege pleaded not guilty and was taken to jail without bail.

If convicted, VanDerWege faces a maximum prison sentence of 25 years to life.