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Day care worker accused of suffocating ‘fussy’ 4-month-old to death

2019-09-06

Dejoynay Ferguson, 19, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of a 4-month-old baby.

A 19-year-old woman was caught on camera this week killing an infant at a Delaware day care facility because the girl wouldn’t stop crying, authorities said.

Dejoynay Ferguson “placed her hands over the victim’s mouth and nose and intentionally restricted her breathing until she became unresponsive,” Delaware State Police said in a statement Friday.

The disturbing incident happened Thursday morning at Little People Child Development Center in Bear, a New Castle County community in the northern part of the state.

Police said Ferguson only told the day care owner that the 4-month-old was unresponsive about 20 minutes after she suffocated her and placed the child into a crib. Emergency personnel were called, but the baby was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The woman was charged with first-degree murder and is being held on $1 million bail.

Authorities did not release any other details, but court records obtained by The News Journal describe the horrific images caught on surveillance video.

Ferguson was seen grabbing the infant by the shirt and suffocating her for about three minutes, according to the documents. The woman reportedly told police the child was being “fussy” and wouldn’t stop crying, but it was not clear whether she confessed to the crime.

Police said the state has suspended the license of the day care facility “indefinitely.”