A neglectful daycare worker was charged with the death of three-month-old Dane Abledinger after she laid him on his stomach for a nap. How could this happen?
64-year-old Beverly Ann Greenagel, who runs a daycare service, was charged with two counts of second-degree manslaughter, child neglect and endangerment, and interfering with a body after the infant was found unresponsive in August 2011. Beverly allegedly placed the child face down on the floor for his scheduled nap, and when she went to wake up an hour later, he wasn’t breathing.
Beverly, who ran a day-care service out of her home in Minnesota, was also looking after more kids than is legally allowed, according to the Daily Mail.
She said she placed Dane on a flannel blanket on his stomach for a nap while she held a water balloon fight with the other children. She told police she didn’t want him to get trampled, so she moved him downstairs. When she went to wake him up, she noticed he was lifeless. One of the other kids called 911.
When police arrived, they noticed there were 20 children at her daycare, including two toddlers, three infants, and eight preschoolers. According to Minnesota law, a single caregiver can only have a maximum of three infants and toddlers, with a total of 12 children.
The cause of death was determined as probable positional asphyxia, which means that he likely died from the his face down position.
Dane also left blood spots on the blanket. Although Diane allegedly tried to cover up the incident by hiding the folded blanket, police found it after an official search of the home. They later matched the blood to that of the three-month-old, the Daily Mail stated.
Each of the two counts of second-degree manslaughter can be punished by up to 10 years of prison time each, along with a $20,000 fine.
Such a tragic story. Our thoughts are with Dane Abledinger’s family.
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— Christina Stiehl
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