LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A Las Vegas babysitter who battered and killed a 5-year-old boy she was watching was sentenced Wednesday morning to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 20 years.

Laurren Courtney, 23, pleaded guilty in October to first-degree murder for the death of Ryan James Peralto. Ryan suffered a fractured skull, a brain bleed, and damage to his spleen, liver, pancreas and intestines before he died, according to police.

“The last minutes of that child’s life were in pure horror,” Clark County District Court Judge Jacqueline Bluth said in court. “Anybody who watches the video, quite honestly, there really aren’t any words, right? Like what you did is unconscionable.”

On March 11, 2021, Courtney was babysitting Ryan and shoved him after he urinated on himself. Courtney, who was a regular babysitter for the family, told police she probably shoved the boy “harder” than she should have, which caused him to hit his head on the floor.

Courtney tried to accuse Ryan’s father of causing some of the boy’s injuries as she said Ryan already had a bruise on his forehead when she came to the home that day, but video evidence showed her brutally beating the child over a two-minute period.

At one point in the video, Courtney is seen dragging the boy into a bathroom before squatting down, kicking his head and screaming at him while he lied limp. Courtney turned on the shower and left the bathroom after several minutes while the child can be heard crying and moaning.

Courtesy: Peralto family

She later told police she could not remember how the child was injured while in her care and that she knew there were surveillance cameras set up around the home. The boy’s father had installed the cameras after his daughter told him that Courtney was hurting Ryan.

Ryan’s father saw through the cameras his child lying motionless on the couch while Courtney was “cleaning fluids off the floor” before Courtney called him and told him Ryan had become ill and vomited blood.

Clark County Chief Deputy District Attorney Michelle Jobe remembered the boy as she spoke in the courtroom.

“It is very, very clear that Ryan was a happy 5-year-old child,” she said during her plea for a life sentence for Courtney.

Ryan Peralto. (Courtesy: Peralto family)

“She drags him around the house when he’s vomiting blood. She’s yelling at him, screaming at him about her. It’s her bad day. It’s her situation, that he’s upsetting her that day,” Jobe said. “She then left him on the couch for approximately an hour, hour and a half where he lay suffering and frankly dying because she didn’t do anything to get him medical care.”

Jobe called a claim made by a doctor for Courtney’s defense team that Courtney was sleepwalking “offensive” and questioned the doctor’s credibility.

Courtney asked the Peralto family for forgiveness at the sentencing.

“I wish that I could do more to just express my sorrow and remorse,” she read from a letter in court.

Judge Bluth acknowledged how emotional the sentencing was and spoke directly to Courtney.

“A 5-year-old understands every blow, every punch, every stomp, every slap when you’re screaming vitriolic hate in their face, they know what’s happening to them. For 26 minutes, Ryan knew what you were doing to him,” she said.

Courtney was scheduled to begin her trial for murder on Oct. 17, 2022.

Jail records spelled her name as Laurren J. Courtney, but police records also identified her as Lauren Jeanette Courtney.

Courtney will receive credit for her sentence of 644 days already served behind bars.

Ryan Peralto. (Courtesy: Peralto family)

Ryan Peralto’s parents were not physically present in court due to their trauma. Jobe read a victim impact statement from the boy’s father, which acknowledged Ryan’s sister who was 7-years-old at the time, and how she is trying to cope with the loss of her brother.

“Why did her brother have to go away to heaven? The only time that Carly gets to see her brother now is when she dreams of him in her sleep and other happy memories together,” Jobe read. “No amount of healing can fill the hole of sadness that Lauren left with us.”