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Little girl legally blind after being violently shaken

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GARDNER, KS (KCTV) -

A man has been charged with beating a child, and the baby's mother said the man was the infant's nanny.

Morgan was just 2 1/2 months old when authorities said her nanny violently shook her, causing brain damage that could take years before they know the full extent of her injuries.

"I couldn't get her to open her eyes and she was kind of breathing as though she couldn't catch her breath after crying real hard," Valari Kennedy said.

It was exactly five months ago Kennedy came home from work and learned her daughter Morgan wasn't acting like herself.

Kennedy and her fiancé called the doctor, who suggested getting Morgan to Children's Mercy Hospital. First they asked the live-in nanny if anything unusual happened that day and he said no. The doctors informed the couple otherwise.

"They found out that she had actually been shaken. She had two fractures on her skull, she was bleeding behind her eyes, she was having seizures," Kennedy said.

Authorities questioned Kennedy and her fiancé and picked up the nanny. Prosecutors soon charged Gary Allan Simpson with aggravated battery and causing great bodily harm.

At first doctors didn't think Morgan would make it.

"She was hurt really bad. She had two skull fractures," Kennedy said as she held back tears.

Morgan is now legally blind and will be developmentally slow. She continues to have numerous seizures every day.

Kennedy said Simpson was a neighbor and family friend, known and liked by everyone in her neighborhood. She cautions other parents about who they entrust to watch their children.

"Go with your gut. If you feel like something's not right, question it and follow your instincts," said Kennedy.

Now the couple wants Simpson to be held accountable. Kennedy hopes the district attorney pushes for the maximum penalty if convicted.

"Morgan is in her own prison for whoever knows how long. This has changed our family - it has ruined our trust in people. He (Simpson) should not be able to just walk around two years from now like it didn't happen," Kennedy said.

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