Former nanny convicted of killing Palo Alto toddler

A former nanny who hit a toddler on the head until she lost consciousness was found guilty of killing the girl.

After a two-month trial, a Santa Clara County jury on Tuesday convicted Claudia "Gaby" Granados for the September 2005 death of
22-month-old Sarah Howell.

Granados, of Tracy, faces 25 years to life in prison when she is sentenced on Aug 1.

Granados had been working as a nanny for Denise Provost and William Howell for about a year when she called a neighbor and told them the toddler wasn't breathing.

Emergency workers found the child "limp and blue." She never regained consciousness. Medical examiners later determined that she'd been hit on the head about six times.

During the trial, the girl's parents said they had hired Granados on another family's recommendation and weren't aware of anything that disqualified her from caring for children.

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