A babysitter is accused of beating a 5-year-old to death after he had an accident, according to an arrest report from Las Vegas Metropolitan Police.

By ELAINE EMERSON

A babysitter is accused of beating a 5-year-old to death after he had an accident, according to an arrest report from Las Vegas Metropolitan Police.

Lauren Jeanette Courtney faces a murder charge and multiple counts of child abuse after 5-year-old Ryan James Peralta was hospitalized and later died.

According to an arrest report, police were called to the child’s father’s home on March 11 to reports of a child unresponsive with bruising to the head. Courtney, the child’s babysitter, reportedly called the father saying the child was coughing up blood.

Lauren Courtney. (LVMPD)

The father came home and watched surveillance video that reportedly showed Courtney beating the child.

The arrest report said the home surveillance video showed “a horrendous account of what visually took place with Ryan on how he was severely beaten during a two-minute time frame.”

The arrest report described Courtney dragging the child between rooms and repeatedly punching and kicking the child in the head and body.

When police confronted the babysitter about the surveillance footage, she continued to deny anything happened. Eventually, Courtney told police she may have “blacked out” from anger after the accident.

Courtney reportedly said the accident by the child was “the final straw that triggered her anger.”

The Clark County Coroner’s Office will release Peralta’s cause and manner of death. According to court records, Courtney was granted bail on the condition she stay away from the family and stay out of trouble. Her next court date was set for May 18.

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