Kristie Flood, 29 a “trusted” babysitter and family friend has been charged in the murder of a two-year-old girl she was meant to be caring for.
Flood was tasked with babysitting Fallon Fridley, 2, on December 9th. Flood phoned Fallon’s mother crying, claiming Fallon was not breathing and she had hit her head on the slide at the park.
Fallon was immediately taken to Children’s Health of Atlanta, where she was pronounced dead, An autopsy determined that the child had been beaten to death. Injuries included a skull fracture and lacerations to several internal organs.
The Sandy Springs Police Department announced on Monday that Flood had been arrested and charged with two counts of felony murder, and one count each of malice murder, aggravated battery, and cruelty to children in the 1st degree.
When police searched Flood’s phone, a warrant indicated she had been searching for information such as ‘what type of people enjoy abusing other people’s children’ and ‘what does it mean to have a sudden urge to beat a child that’s not yours.’
Fallon’s mother, Kristen Fridley Gantt, said that Flood had been the full-time babysitter for Fallon since August, but Flood had been a friend of the family for five years or so. “It’s like she snapped,” Gantt said. “It’s like this evil was in front of my face for years and I never saw it.”