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Ocala babysitter charged with throwing, killing infant, deputies say

Nora Boles charged with first-degree murder

Nora Boles booking photo
Nora Boles booking photo (Marion County Sheriff's Office)

OCALA, Fla. – A 21-year-old Ocala woman threw an infant across the room, which resulted in his death, according to the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

WKMG reports, Nora Boles was arrested Thursday and charged with first-degree murder of 11-month-old John William Smith, whom she was babysitting when he suffered the fatal injury to his head, reports show.

The baby's mother dropped him off with Boles on Sept. 5 on her way to work. She received a call at 4 p.m. from Boles, who said that the baby would not wake up, deputies said.

The child's mother took him to Monroe Regional Medical Center. The hospital staff alerted the Sheriff's Office because of the severity of the infant's head injury and because the "probability of abuse was high," according to the report.

After he was transferred to University of Florida Health Shands Hospital, the baby boy died on Sept. 6. 

Sheriff's deputies said Boles changed her story about what happened to John during the investigation. She later admitted to deputies that "she had become frustrated with the child and thrown him across the room, causing the fatal head injury," according to the Sheriff's Office.

After the case was reviewed by a grand jury Boles was charged with first-degree murder.

Boles is being held without bond in the Marion County Jail.


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