Kindergarten worker, 19, is accused of murder after holding her hand over the mouth and nose of a crying baby before laying the dead girl back in her bed. – and admits to the police that she did it because the toddler was "picky."
- Dejoynay M. Ferguson, 19, was charged with first-degree murder
- The childcare center employee who was assigned to the & # 39; baby room & # 39; was reportedly caught on video that killed a four-month-old girl
- She saw the girl grabbing her shirt and placing it on a chest of drawers
- Ferguson was said to be wearing latex gloves when she held her hands on the baby's face for more than three minutes until the girl did not respond
- Allegedly she put the baby in a crib and waited 20 minutes for help
- The owner of the daycare called 911 when he heard that the child did not respond
- Police said Ferguson admitted that she had caught the girl because she & # 39; choosy & # 39; used to be
Dejoynay M. Ferguson, 19, was accused of first-degree murder after being caught on a security camera that choked a four-month-old girl in a daycare
A 19-year-old day care center from Delaware has been accused of murder after putting on latex gloves and suffocating a baby who would not stop crying.
Dejoynay M. Ferguson, 19, from New Castle, Delaware, was charged with first-degree murder after allegedly caught on surveillance video that stifled the girl until she stopped responding.
The incident was reported to have taken place around 5:30 AM on September 5 at the Little People Child Development Center in Bear, Delaware.
According to legal documents obtained by the Delaware News Journal, Ferguson was on video and took the four-month-old girl off the floor at the front of her shirt and then placed her on a chest of drawers.
Ferguson, who was wearing latex gloves, reportedly used her hands to cover the child's face for more than three minutes. Only when the baby & # 39; did not respond and motionless & # 39; she took her hands off the baby's face and brought the baby back to her crib.
The police said in one statement Ferguson waited about 20 minutes before telling the daycare owner that the baby was not responding, which led to a call from 911. When the police arrived, they took the baby to the hospital, where she was declared dead.
Judicial documents stated that when they were interviewed by the police, Ferguson admitted that she grabbed the girl by her shirt because she & # 39; choosy & # 39; and would not stop crying.
The incident took place at Little People Child Development Center (photo) where Ferguson was assigned to the & # 39; baby room & # 39; and had worked for less than a year
Ferguson (photo) was said to be a certified teacher in early childhood and had passed the required background checks by the state
Ferguson would have been assigned to the & # 39; nursery & # 39; and was a certified early childhood assistant, according to CBS Philly.
She had worked at the Little People Child Development Center less than a year before the incident occurred.
After the child's death, the Office of Childcare Licensing suspended the center's license for an indefinite period.
A spokesperson for the Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families told the Delaware News Journal that during the May inspection, the daycare center has no & # 39; compliance issues & # 39; and that all employees had passed the required background checks.
However, the website of the state stated that in the years 2016, 2018 and 2019 the daycare center had reported one & # 39; facility injury & # 39 ;. It is unclear what the injuries were and whether children were involved in those incidents.
During an interview with the Delaware News Journal, daycare owner Janice Palmer said she & # 39; never let anyone die & # 39; under her care.
& # 39; Do you know what that is like? Do you know what it's like to let a baby die in your hands? & # 39; she said, noting that she was working on this baby & # 39 ;.
Palmer, who owns the day care center with her husband and son, said that they & # 39; fully cooperated in the investigation; we have handed over our entire building to the state police. We want to ensure that justice is served in this case and we do not want to do anything to jeopardize the investigation of the state. & # 39;
She added that the family & # 39; wants nothing, not a single thing & # 39; to prevent investigators from & # 39; what they should do to ensure that this person is brought to trial & # 39 ;.
Ferguson is being held on a $ 1 million cash bond.
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