Nanny accused of attempting to kill toddler cries on stand, denies allegations


A nanny on trial for tried homicide took the stand Thursday and tearfully informed jurors she didn’t stuff a wipe down a two-month-old tot’s throat — however prosecutors challenged inconsistencies in her testimony.

Marianne Benjamin-Williams, 47, stated the little boy abruptly began gasping for air Might 18, 2017.

“I simply thought it was going to be his final breath,” she informed jurors, as tears streamed down her face. “Each second I assumed I used to be going to lose him.”

However she insisted she “by no means tried to kill” the toddler.

Assistant DA Nicole Blumberg grilled her on the stand concerning the lies she informed Dr. Salomon Blutreich and his spouse, Meredith Sondler-Bazar, to land the babysitting gig.

She admitted that she lied about her age, her handle and her schooling on her resume and equipped pretend cellphone numbers for her references.

She stated {that a} written reference from Lisa Frankel, a mom whose three youngsters she supposedly cared for in 2013, was actual — however the household moved and he or she couldn’t attain them.

She gave Meredith Sondler-Bazar the cellphone variety of her roommate and stated it was Frankel.

However Blumberg urged that she made up the reference solely. The prosecutor requested her why she had referred to as the mom Lori Frenkel in an e mail then stated it was Miriam in entrance of the grand jury.

“Like I stated, I don’t bear in mind names,” she answered.

The title and its variations additionally didn’t seem within the contacts of her cellphone, which she stated she had since 2006.

For her second reference, she admitted she begged a schoolteacher good friend to pose as a person named John Polakoff.

Her pal informed Blutreich on the cellphone that Williams had cared for his twins on the Higher West Aspect for almost two years — however he truly lived in Brooklyn and had no youngsters.

“I lied to get a job,” she stated. “I did a determined act which I’ll eternally remorse.”

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