Babysitter charged with blunt-force murder of toddler claimed child had heat exhaustion
WPIX / Hudson County
Andrew Howard-French is charged with killing a toddler he was babysitting. The victim was 23 months old.

By Aliza Chasan, WPIX

JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- (WPIX) -- A 28-year-old babysitter allegedly killed a toddler under his care, police said Thursday.

Officers charged Andrew Howard-French with murder for the death of 23-month-old Bryce Sparrow, who suffered from multiple blunt force injuries.

Howard-French appeared in court Thursday afternoon but did not yet have contact with his lawyer. reports that sources said Howard-French had reported the child was suffering from heat exhaustion – it was over 90 degrees that Tuesday afternoon – but doctors noticed Bryce had physical injuries.