It was an emotional and heart-wrenching day in court for the family of 16-month-old Anthony Delgado as they had to listen to a Staten Island prosecutor lay out the horrific details of a toddler who was allegedly beaten, tortured and sexually abused over a 48 hour period until he died. On February 24, babysitter Gloria Fields, 31, pleaded not guilty to murdering Anthony, although prosecutors said she sexually assaulted the baby with a crayon and “slammed him face first into the ground” while he was strapped in his stroller, according to a report from The New York Times.
Anthony’s family packed the courtroom on Wednesday. Cries, screams, and sobs filled the air. Obscenities were shouted at the babysitter who showed no emotion during the hearing.
Fields lived in the same building as Anthony and his family. The toddler was entrusted to her care for a weekend stay. But before the weekend had ended, Fields took an unresponsive and unconscious Anthony to her uncle’s apartment who also lived in the same building. Prosecutors described Anthony as being cut and bruised across his face and entire body plus having sustained internal injuries from being sexually assaulted.
Speaking on behalf of the helpless baby, the Times quoted assistant district attorney Ann Thompson as saying in court that “He could not walk. He could not talk. He could not scream. He could not ask for help.” The Staten Island District Attorney’s Office released a statement saying that they would “aggressively prosecute this atrocious crime.”
Fields was arrested on Tuesday. On Wednesday in court, she pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree murder, seven counts of assault and one count of aggravated sexual abuse.
“For 48 hours, this depraved woman systematically tortured a 16-month-old baby.
No creature on this earth, let alone an innocent child, deserves to undergo such horrific torment.” ~ Michael E. McMahon, Staten Island DA via PIX11-TV
When Thompson said in court that Anthony’s abuse included slamming his face into the ground and “shoving a Crayola pencil up his rectum and leaving it there for a day and a half,” several of the baby’s family members started screaming aloud at Fields and had to be escorted from the courtroom, according to PIX11.
Police records state that while Anthony was in Fields’ care from Friday through Sunday, that the babysitter was smoking pot and using heroin. The crayon that was lodged into Anthony’s rectum belonged to one of Fields’ children.
Fields dropped Anthony off with his grandmother on Sunday night which is when the grandmother called 911. Medical personnel tried to resuscitate the baby boy once they arrived on the scene around 10 p.m., but to no avail. Anthony was transported to Staten Island University Hospital North where he was pronounced dead an hour later. According to the medical examiner, Anthony died from blunt force trauma to his head and torso.