BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Devon VenDerWege, the 17-year-old charged with killing a toddler he was babysitting, has pleaded not guilty to second degree murder.
VanDerWege has been charged in the blunt force trauma death of two-year-old Ethan Bigham of Marilla in March 2017. He had been watching the child at a Hemstreet resident while the child’s parents went to work.
VanDerWege was remanded to jail without bail after entering the not guilty plea.
If convicted of the charge, he faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison.
Chief Colleen Curtin Gable of the DA’s Homicide Bureau and Assistant District Attorney Nicholas T. Texido are prosecuting the case.