A Northridge baby sitter, accused of shaking an infant boy who wouldn't stop crying, pleaded no contest Wednesday to endangering the life of the child, who suffered brain damage.
Celia Sanchez Avila, 22, faces up to six years in prison when she is sentenced in San Fernando Superior Court on Oct. 1, Deputy Dist. Atty. Nancy A. Lidamore said.
Jury selection was scheduled to begin Wednesday afternoon for Avila's trial when she entered the plea before Superior Court Judge John H. Major. A no contest plea is the equivalent of a guilty plea in a criminal proceeding but it cannot be used against a defendant in a civil case.
Prosecutors contended that 7-month-old Jose Rosa was the victim of "shaken child syndrome," in which a child's brain tears loose inside his head and slams against the skull, causing brain damage. Doctors said the child also suffered a stroke, Lidamore said.