Stunned Family Grieves for Dead 10-Month-Old

By Wills, Rick | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, June 8, 2008 | Go to article overview

Stunned Family Grieves for Dead 10-Month-Old


Wills, Rick, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


The grieving mother of a 10-month-old girl questioned Saturday as to how her child could have been killed at a day care center, apparently by a 7-year-old girl.

"I understand an accident. This is not an accident. My baby is black and blue all over," said Rhonda Moore, mother of Marcia Poston, who died at Bray's Family Day Care on Dearborn Street in Garfield on Friday.

Marcia suffered from blunt-force head injuries, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office, which conducted an autopsy yesterday and ruled the death a homicide.

Police said the 7-year-old girl admitted to throwing the baby to the floor at least twice. Pittsburgh police said the youngster told them she threw the baby after the woman supervising the children, Ashley Swann, 20, went upstairs to change the diaper of another child.

Moore said that when she saw her daughter's body, blood was coming from her ears, there was bruising in her mouth, a bruise on her back and bruises elsewhere.

"This looks like it happened over 15 minutes, not from throwing someone twice in the time it takes to leave a room and get a Pamper," Moore said.

Moore said Marcia was a good baby, who didn't cry and was happy.

"She had pretty see-through, gray eyes," her mother said.

Family members were stunned by the infant's death.

"I'm shocked. If what they really say is true, I am shocked," said Damond Moore, Marcia's uncle.

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