The day care center has since closed, the Sun reported.
Walden's attorney, Joshua Insley, called it “a terrible case.”
"This was a case of a day care center which was not operating up to code, using untrained employees and overloading them with kids,” Insley told the court. “I think what you saw was a situation where there was a breakdown. She fell apart under the stress."
Samantha Carlton told Handy that her sister was “not a monster.”
“She’s not an evil person. She was frustrated,” Carlton said.
“I’m so sorry,” Carlton said, turning to the infant’s family. “With all my heart, I’m sorry.”
The baby’s father, Justin Bowman, told the court he was “devastated.”
“I will never see my girl take her first steps,” he said. “Hold her, kiss her, comfort her when she’s scared, hear her say ‘I love you.’
“Reese Annette Bowman accomplished more in her short life than (Walden) ever will.”