Man Found Guilty of Abuse, Assault in Death of Girlfriend’s Toddler

What to Know

  • Osman Sesay, of Riverdale, was found guilty of child abuse and assault in the death of 23-month-old Ahmed Jalloh in August 2015.
  • He was found not guilty of second-degree murder and first-degree assault.
  • An autopsy showed the little boy died from blunt force injuries to his head and torso, and suffered a lacerated liver.

A Maryland man was found guilty Thursday of charges stemming from the death of his girlfriend's toddler in Prince George's County.

Osman Sesay, of Riverdale, was found guilty of child abuse and assault in the death of 23-month-old Ahmed Jalloh in August 2015.

He was found not guilty of second-degree murder and first-degree assault.

An autopsy showed Ahmed died from blunt force injuries to his head and torso, and suffered a lacerated liver. Sesay told the police the child wandered out of his sight for 20 minutes, and he found him unconscious.

Officials said Ahmed's mother, Isatu Jalloh, left her son with Sesay while she went to work Aug. 1, 2015.

She took the witness stand Tuesday, tearfully recalling the conversation she had with Sesay the day of her son's death.

"He said he went to the bedroom and found him laying by the clothes and he was ... his eyes rolled back," Jalloh said.

She described the shock of seeing her son's dead body at the hospital.

"When I walked in the room, Ahmed was laying there. He was laying there covered," Jalloh said. "When I touched him, he was cold."

Sesay's lawyer had said the case is not what it seems.

"We believe Mr. Sesay is not guilty of all charges, and we are going to prove to the jury that he is just a caregiver who is accused of a crime he did not commit," said defense attorney William Porter. "What we are insinuating is (Ahmed) is a 2 year old child. Anything could have happened to that 2 year old child, and it does not mean Mr. Sesay did anything to him."

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