Caregiver charged with murder in infant’s death

BEAR — A 19-year-old New Castle woman was charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of a 4-month-old infant who was under her care at a daycare facility, authorities said.

On Thursday at approximately 10:35 a.m., troopers along with Emergency Medical Services personnel responded to the Little People Child Development Center at 3843 Wrangle Hill Rd., in reference to an unresponsive child, Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Michael Austin said. The female infant was subsequently transported to the Christiana Hospital where she was pronounced dead

Police said Dejoynay M. Ferguson, who was the assigned caregiver for the baby in the Infant Room at the facility, allegedly placed her hands over the infant’s mouth and nose and intentionally restricted her breathing until she became unresponsive. Once becoming unresponsive the baby was placed back into a crib by Ms. Ferguson, police said.

After approximately 20 minutes Ms. Ferguson told the facility owner that the baby was unresponsive at which time a call was made to 911.

Dejoynay Ferguson

Ms. Ferguson was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court 11 before being committed to Dolores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution in New Castle on $1,000,000 cash bail.

As a result of the incident and ongoing investigation the Office of Childcare Licensing has suspended the license of the facility indefinitely.

2 arrested in Harrington on drug, weapons charges
HARRINGTON — Two men were arrested after a traffic stop led to the discovery of drugs and a weapon, Delaware State Police spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said.

Authorities said the incident occurred at approximately 2:04 p.m., when troopers observed a Honda Civic blocking the flow of traffic on Mill Street.

A traffic stop was initiated and contact was made with the driver, Nathan Sample, 18, of Felton, and passenger Eric R. McDonald, 21, of Richmond, Virginia. During the course of the traffic stop an odor of marijuana was detected, and it was learned through a computer inquiry that both subjects had active capias, police said.

Police said the search netted approximately 144.6 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, over $600 in suspected drug proceeds and a Hi-Point 9mm Rifle.

Mr. Sample was charged with possession counts of with intent to deliver a controlled substance with an aggravating factor, firearm by person prohibited, marijuana and deadly weapon by person prohibited who possesses a controlled substance, second-degree conspiracy, driving while suspended and a traffic violation. He was arraigned before Justice of the Peace Court and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown on $21,000 secured bond.

Mr. McDonald was charged with possession counts of with intent to deliver a controlled substance with an aggravating factor, deadly weapon by person prohibited who also possesses a controlled substance and marijuana, along with second-degree conspiracy. He was arraigned before JP Court and committed to SCI on $25,500 secured bond.

Seaford man pleads to fleeing from trooper
SEAFORD — A 30-year-old Seaford man who tried to flee from a traffic stop with a state trooper holding on to his moving vehicle pleaded guilty in Superior Court, Delaware Department of Justice spokesman Carl Kanefsky said Friday.

Brandon Showell pleaded to second-degree assault, reckless endangering and resisting arrest. Deputy Attorney General John Donahue prosecuted the case.

In June 2018, authorities said, a trooper stopped Showell for running a stop sign at the intersection of Mill Park Drive and Coverdale Road in Bridgeville. As the trooper approached the vehicle, according to police Showell put it in gear and started to move.

As the trooper held onto the moving SUV, the two wrestled over the gear shift. Showell pushed the trooper from the car and started to run, but the officer was able to take him into custody.

A Superior Court judge will sentence Showell in October.

Investigation ends with drug charges filed
SEAFORD — A joint drug investigation by Seaford and Dover police ended Friday with two arrests, spokesman Master Cpl. Eric Chambers.

Officers executed a search warrant in the 400 block of North Street and five grams of crack cocaine were located, along with .4 grams of powder cocaine, 144.7 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia including scales and packaging materials, prescription pills and cash from suspected drug sales, police said.

John King, 37, of New Castle, was charged with possession counts including with intent to deliver a controlled substance (crack and marijuana), possession of a controlled substance (cocaine, marijuana and crack) and drug paraphernalia. He was released on $8,000 bail.

A 67-year-old Seaford man was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. He was issued a criminal summons released.

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