COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - It was eight years ago Wednesday that little Abigail Baron died from severe head injuries caused by her mother's ex-fiance. A jury convicted Todd Akers of murdering and abusing Abigail on Tuesday.
During the trial, Akers tried to place blame on Abigail's baby sitter saying she was responsible for the abuse.
“She was just the sweetest little girl," said Melissa Okeefe, the girl's babysitter. "Knowing Abby's personality really made it difficult cause she was such a joy."
Okeefe has been haunted by the murder of 2-year-old Abigail since it happened.
"Any person is that low to hurt a child like that at all is not worthy of getting upset about. As far as I'm concerned I know I took good care of her and I loved Abby a lot," said Okeefe.
During trial the jury heard an interview where Akers told detectives that Okeefe was to blame for abusing Abigail.
"I just blew that off,. It didn't affect me," she said.
But what does upset her is living with not knowing if there was something she could have done to prevent such a tragedy.
"I have thought about it often times and I, of course, anyone would question themselves, did I take all the steps necessary” said Okeefe. “Certainly it is something that will always disturb me."
Okeefe feels the jury made the right decision in convicting Akers. However, she believes a life sentence in prison isn't good enough.
"The crime that he committed I believe is worthy of the death penalty," said Okeefe.
She was called by the State to testify during trial. Okeefe was upset they only had her on the stand to identify Abigail's body.
Akers is scheduled tobe sentenced on June 20.