Former Utah nanny convicted of purposely injuring baby sentenced to 6 months in jail

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COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah — A former nanny who admitted to abusing a 1-year-old child she was caring for has been sentenced to six months in jail.

A state judge on Monday also ruled that 22-year-old Traci Omer must pay a $1,000 fine and serve three years on probation after finishing her jail term.

Omer pleaded guilty in August to one count of child abuse.

According to court records, Omer admitted the abuse in a letter to the family.

She told them she snapped a rubber band against the infant's leg, force fed the child and drew blood with scratches after giving the baby an "angry scrub" with a kitchen sponge.

Omer's attorney Ed Brass says his client is an emotionally fragile person who had been abused herself. He says she wrote the letter because she was horrified at her behavior.

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