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Teen babysitter sentenced in death of 2-year-old boy

Posted at 10:57 AM, May 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-02 18:04:59-04

The Town of Marilla teen accused of causing the death of a 2-year-old boy was sentenced to 20 years today, according to Erie County Court officials. 

18-year-old Devon Vanderwege plead guilty to manslaughter after police arrested him for causing blunt force trauma that resulted in 2-year-old Ethan Bigham's death.

Ethan Bigham's paternal grandmother confirmed to 7 Eyewitness News, that the 2-year-old suffered catastrophic brain injuries and was pronounced brain dead at Women and Children's Hospital earlier this year. The toddler was being kept on life-support so his organs could be donated.

Emergency crews were called to Hillside Estates, a mobile home park in Marilla, last year, where the two-year-old was being watched by Vanderwege.

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