OAKLAND -- A babysitter has been sentenced to 16 years in state prison for critically injuring a 3-year-old boy at an apartment in Oakland two years ago.

Zakiyyah Williams, 26, who was sentenced by Alameda County Superior Court on Friday, pleaded no contest earlier this year to child abuse, corporal injury to a child and assault charges for abusing the boy at an apartment in the 900 block of 63rd Street in 2012.

Williams was arrested on July 2, 2012, after calling Oakland police to report that the boy was unresponsive.

The boy was taken to Children's Hospital Oakland, where doctors found that he was suffering from recent and older head trauma as well as a liver laceration from blunt trauma, according to a probable cause statement by Oakland police Officer Erich Cumby.

Doctors also found numerous scars and marks on the boy's torso and legs that were more than a week old, including a laceration to his ear, a cigarette burn scar, a lighter burn scar and a large burn scar, Cumby wrote.

Doctors told police that the boy's injuries were "indicative of ongoing physical abuse," according to Cumby.

The boy's mother, Reana Rose Jackson, told Williams in a letter read in court by prosecutor Timothy Burr at Williams' hearing on Friday, "You hurt me so bad and caused pain and suffering to my son."

Jackson said she's so angry at Williams that, "I've dreamed of stabbing you over and over again."

Jackson told Williams, "I will never forget and you will never have my forgiveness. I hope your days are filled with pain and suffering."


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The boy's mother also asked Williams, "Why, why, why?"

Williams said, "I apologize" and said, "I have learned so much from this unfortunate incident."

Fighting back tears, Williams said, "I will suffer the consequences for this the rest of my life and if I could go back and do things differently I would."



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