Saturday, June 7, 2008

7 Year Old Causes Death For 10 Month Old

This is the type of story that breaks your heart.
On the one hand I know that my 7 year old has enough consciousness of mind to know that a baby is a human being and not a toy doll and thus throwing it on the floor would hurt it. At the same time the 7 year old might have been jealous and/or frustrated by the crying of the 10 month old and she acted out in such a way - unaware of the consequences of her actions.

I am sorry for the loss of the family of the 10 month old.
I am sorry for the situation that the family of the 7 year old is now in. There are no winners here. Jail time or juvenile detention is not going to change anything for a little girl of 7.

Please be clear - if she was 12 my views would be very, very different.

This is just sad.

Infant dies after thrown by child in daycare

PITTSBURGH — An 10-month old girl died Friday after a 7-year-old girl threw the baby to the floor at least twice at a Pittsburgh daycare center, police said.

Marcia Posten was pronounced dead at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh after being found unresponsive around noon at a daycare center run out of a private home, said Lt. Daniel Herrmann.

"Right now, we're discussing what we should do with the (7-year-old) girl," Herrmann said. "She is not going to be arrested." He said the girl will likely be evaluated by a psychiatrist.

Authorities haven't decided whether the girl will be returned to her parents or turned over the Allegheny County child welfare officials.

Police said a 20-year-old daycare provider was with six children in the basement of Bray's Family Day Care when she went upstairs to change a diaper.

The woman told investigators minutes later she heard something and went back into the basement and noticed Posten was on a love seat and not in the child's seat where she had left the infant, police said. The woman said the infant appeared to have blood near her ears.

The woman told police she called 911 immediately.

Investigators later learned the 7-year-old girl had taken infant out of the child's seat, police said.

The 7-year-old said she picked up Marcia and threw her to the floor at least twice, which is made of cement but covered by carpet, according to police.

Bray's Family Day Care was last licensed for two years in October 2006. It will remain open for now, Herrmann said. The county district attorney is evaluating the case to see if any charges against the daycare center operator are warranted, Herrmann said.

An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday.

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