Daycare worker charged after infant’s death

BEAR – A 19-year-old New Castle female 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 female 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 female was unresponsive at which time a call was made to 911.
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.

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