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August 01, 2014 06:02 PM

Home Daycare Provider Faces Neglect Charges

Sioux Falls, SD

A Sioux Falls woman is facing neglect charges, after the death of an infant in her daycare.

In May, a baby was discovered unresponsive while under the care of Cindy Jo Hanisch. According to court documents, Hanisch could spend a year in prison if convicted.

Earlier this year, first responders were called to a home daycare west of Sioux Falls. According to court paperwork, a three month old infant was found unresponsive in the home on May 9.

The father of the baby went to pick up the child 5:00 p.m. When daycare provider, Cindy Hanisch, found the baby it was blue in the face. Hanisch says she picked the child up and gave him rescue breaths, while the father called 911.

The baby was taken to the hospital, and later pronounced dead.

When Hanisch was first interviewed about what happened, she told authorities she had laid the baby on his back, swaddled inside a pak-n-play.

She said the boy was fussy, but when she checked on him at 4:30 p.m. he was fine.

Later, Hanisch admitted that the child was actually laid on his stomach, with his face off to the side, while still swaddled in a blanket.

She said she had checked on the child after laying him like this, and was acting normal.

When investigators asked why she laid the baby on it's stomach, Hanisch said the parents of the infant asked her to not let the baby cry for too long. And she believed children fall asleep more easily on their stomachs.

Hanisch also told authorities she had 12 kids in her care that day. She later admitted to having 14, and agreed with authorities that it was probably too many for her to handle. She also agreed the death may have been prevented if there weren't so many kids under her care at the time.

Hanisch now faces a misdemeanor charge of contributing to abuse, neglect or delinquency. If found guilty, she faces up to a year in prison.

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