Baby sitter convicted of murder in death of 2-year-old Oklahoma City girl

A jury chose life in prison without parole for Van Le, 50, of Oklahoma City, for causing 2-year-old Jessica Chau's fatal injuries.
BY TIM WILLERT twillert@opubco.com Modified: June 13, 2013 at 10:28 pm •  Published: June 13, 2013

The boy, who now lives with foster parents, testified Tuesday. He said he watched his mother pick the girl up by her legs and slam her head into the floor “twice or several times” because she was mad at the girl for jumping on a bed.

The prosecutor startled jurors during his closing argument by yelling “quit jumping on the bed” then slamming a law book on the floor to demonstrate the force with which the little girl was thrown.

“That's what he saw,” Gieger said.

Jessica's mother declined to comment after the verdict was read. She testified earlier in the week, tearfully describing for jurors the girl's final days.

Mina Chau testified through an interpreter about trusting Le to watch her two children while she worked at a nail salon in Guthrie.

Chau said Le had been baby-sitting her 6-year-old daughter and Jessica for about a year.

She recalled Jessica being in a “playful” mood and riding her little pink bike before being dropped off at the defendant's house the day she was hospitalized.

Prosecutors accused Le of changing her story to fit evidence presented by doctors.

“I think it's clear to all of us that she was lying to you,” Assistant District Attorney Marcy Fassio told jurors in her closing argument. “Clearly, she has a motivation to lie to you.”


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