Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Woman Charged with 7 Counts of Endangering Children after Baby's Death in Maplewood Day Care

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Woman Charged with 7 Counts of Endangering Children after Baby's Death in Maplewood Day Care

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A woman who ran an unlicensed day care in Maplewood where an infant died last year has been charged with seven counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Laura Minnick, 39, of the 3600 block of Cambridge Avenue, was charged Friday. Her bail was set at $50,000.

Maplewood Police were called to the home on Nov. 16 for a 3-month-old girl who was in cardiac arrest. Firefighters and paramedics found the girl "cool to the touch," with blue lips and "compression marks" on her face. She was pronounced dead on arrival at St. Louis Children's Hospital.

Officers smelled alcohol on the day care owner's breath, and later found an empty wine box in the trash, according to court documents. Police sought a sample of the woman's blood to test for alcohol. The results were not available. …

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