Hillsborough, N.C. — Jamie Lee Wilson, 23 pleaded guilty to a lesser murder charge Thursday, avoiding a possible life sentence, which means she will get 31.8 to 40.5 years in prison on charges of felonious child abuse, first-degree kidnapping, and second-degree murder in connection with the Dec. 20, 2005, death of 2-year-old Briana Faucette. Wilson was babysitting Briana for her friend.
Authorities said Briana might have suffered for hours and died as a result of second- and third-degree burns on more than 40% of her body, including the back of her legs and knees. According to an autopsy report, it appeared as though she had curled up in a ball while being dipped in hot water.
Wilson waited hours before calling 911 and told a dispatcher she awoke from a nap to find the child lying dead on the floor. She told investigators she spilled boiling water on the floor and that Briana sat in it.