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Babysitter arrested after allegedly breaking child's leg

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An area babysitter could be facing up to 10 years in prison after being charged with child endangerment causing serious injury. Court documents say 21-year-old Victoria Stastny admitted to throwing a one-year-old boy, ultimately breaking his leg. Stastny of Cedar Rapids was running a child day care when the one-year-old boy was injured in July.

RaeEllen Walker says her son Max was the boy Stastny hurt. She says when she picked her son up from day care, he was screaming and crying. A day later she learned her son's baby sitter threw the boy, breaking his femur.  Walker says her 18-month-old son sat there in pain for six hours.

"It was a spiral fracture to his left femur which is the type of injury that, for his age, can only be done with extreme force," said RaeEllen Walker, Cedar Rapids.

Stastny was arrested earlier this month for child endangerment. According to court documents she admitted to picking the baby up by the arm and leg and tossing him from one couch to another. 

"She was some point we had heard that it might have been because he wasn't taking a nap," said Walker. "Something you wouldn't necessary assume to be the reaction to a toddler not taking a nap."

Walker says she will never forget the day she picked her son up from Stastny's day care.

"I opened the door to his day care provider to him screaming and crying in pain...I had never heard him cry this way before," described Walker. "It was very concerning, it was very alarming so I started asking questions, but there wasn't any kind of information given."

Walker and her family have been left with so many questions.

"Why didn't you call me?" said Walker. "Your job is to take care of children and your fear for, 'am I going to get in trouble?' shouldn't be allowed to get in the way of that."

Walker says Stastny had watched Max for nearly eight months before the incident. She says Max was always happy when he came home and never did she think something like this would happen. According to court documents Statsny could face up to 10 years in jail if she's convicted. Court documents also show that she was bonded out of jail for $10,000.

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