Kirstie Flood, 29, from Sandy Springs in Georgia, has been accused of beating two-year-old Fallon Fridley to death last month.
It remains unclear whether the Google search was submitted before or after Fallon’s death, but it has been alleged that Ms Flood also Googled ‘what type of people enjoy abusing other people’s children’.
Ms Flood had been caring for Fallon full-time since August. The toddler was rushed to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Hospital on Wednesday after being found unresponsive.
The child was pronounced dead a short time later. Ms Flood allegedly told police that Fallon had sustained a fatal injury after accidentally hitting her head on a slide at the park. However, doctors dismissed this story, as a postmortem examination showed the two-year-old had died as a result of multiple serious injuries.
According to WSBTV, the motive for Fallon’s killing remains unclear, and the toddler’s parents told police there was no indication that the babysitter was not caring for their daughter properly.
Ms Flood was arrested on Tuesday, and has since been charged with felony murder, malice murder, aggravated battery and first-degree child cruelty. The 29-year-old has been detained in custody ahead of her next court appearance.
Samantha Shelton and Robbin Yeagera, family friends of Fallon’s family, have launched a GoFundMe page to support the toddler’s loved ones in the wake of her ‘unimaginable’ death.
The page states: ‘The babysitter murdered sweet, innocent, Fallon, making a parent’s nightmare even more horrific.’
The page went on to pay tribute to the toddler, describing Fallon as a ‘beautiful little girl with her whole life ahead of her’.
The statement continued: ‘She was only two years old. It is so hard to make sense of her cruel, tragic and untimely loss.’