GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ — A woman is behind bars today accused of beating a little girl and then leaving her to die on the floor as she played Yoville on Facebook.
Sheila Polanski, 33, was babysitting 2-year-old Madeline McHenry last Tuesday when she called 911 to report the girl was having problems breathing. When paramedics arrived, they immediately noticed that the toddler had some bruising around her forehead, chest, and abdominal area. She was taken to the hospital, but would fall into a coma and then die on Thursday in her father’s arms.
Polanski offered up a number of reasons why the little girl she had been babysitting since May showed signs of physical trauma. These explanations included the girl striking her head on a wooden banister, a metal table leg, a chair leg, a refrigerator door and even that she had fallen off a table. But finally she admitted that she was stressed out over being evicted from her apartment, and when the little girl would not stop whining, she picked her up around her chest and shook her violently before throwing her to the floor.
The little girl vomited and appeared to be choking, so Polanski said she pressed on her chest and used her fingers to clear out any obstructions. Afterwards, Polanski told investigators the girl fell
unconscious asleep around 1:15 p.m. in the living room. Polanski tried to wake her up over an hour later but was unable to do so, describing the girl as having trouble breathing, She attempted CPR before calling a friend for advice and then finally called 9-1-1.
Records show that during the hour McHenry lay dying alone on the floor, Polanski was logged into Facebook playing Yoville. ”She threw her to the ground and then proceeded to go and play “Yo-ville” on Facebook because there were facebook entries of her playing “Yo-ville” for the two hours while my baby lay there dying on the living room floor,” said Maddy’s grandfather, Ted Helgren.
Initially charged with assault, Polanski has now been charged with murder and is sitting in jail in lieu of $500,000 bail. Her first court appearance is at 11 a.m. this morning.Tags: babysitter, Child Abuse, Crime, facebook, Madeline McHenry, Murder, New Jersey, Sheila Polanski, YoVille