How Should Infants Be Supervised and Positioned For Naps?
In Norfolk, Virginia, a church day care director was arrested and is being prosecuted for the death of a 7 week old child (Dylan Cummings) who died while under the care of Little Eagles Day Care Center. The center is affiliated with Bethel Temple Church of Deliverance. The director and another employee are being charged with.
Attorneys for the day care director and the employee report that the Defendants cared for the child in a nursery and truly loved and cared for the child enrolled in the center.
Prosecutors paint a different picture of a day care center that did not follow regulations and that placed children in a crib in a windowless closet. It is expected that the case will focus, in part, on medical issues involving the cause and preventability of the child's death. It was reported that Dylan died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The prosecutor will argue that the child was unsupervised for 2 1/2 hours and that he was allowed to sleep on his stomach which puts an infant at risk for SIDS ().
There is no indication that the care providers wanted to harm the children or had intended the death or injuries to take place; however, criminal cases like these do not require the proof of intent to harm as an element of the prosecution.
See also http://www2.wjbf.com/news/2011/jan/03/baby-died-natural-causes-crowded-sc-day-care-ar-1296578/)