Victoria Fox, 40, was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to the murder of a 4-week-old baby she was hired to take care of. 

In August 2021, Fox was hired and flown to San Diego by an unnamed Singaporean couple to help watch their 4-week-old son Phoenix and their older son at an Airbnb as they anticipated the surrogate birth of twins. The couple also brought along another nanny to help watch the children. 

According to court documents, Victoria Fox was fully vetted and the victim’s family checked her references before she was hired and flown out to San Diego. According to court documents, Fox spent several days with the family before being left alone with Phoenix, which the family calls their “miracle baby”. 

 The former nanny admitted to eating lunch with another nanny after fatally shaking and throwing a newborn. The victim died within a day of the fatal abuse, which included head trauma, a fractured femur, and “extreme subdural hemorrhaging,” Deputy District Attorney Ramona McCarthy said in comments to NBC San Diego

According to a sentencing brief filed by the prosecutor, “she hurt Phoenix because he would not stop crying.''

After Phoenix’s death, the family learned one of the recommendations they received while vetting Fox was fabricated. 

The infant's parents did not attend Fox's sentencing hearing, but McCarthy read a statement in court authored by the couple.

“We think of Phoenix every day and this horrific event still affects us as a family deeply,'' the statement read. “We hope this sentence means no other family or child will experience what we have been through at the hands of Ms. Fox.''

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