- VIA MAPLEWOOD POLICE
- Laura Minnick faces criminal charges in the death of a three-month-old baby.
A Maplewood woman who operated an unlicensed daycare is facing seven charges of child endangerment after an infant died in her custody.
An arrest warrant was issued Friday night for Laura Minnick, 39, who lives in the 3600 block of Cambridge Avenue. According to a press release from the Maplewood Police, Minnick is not currently in custody, but is expected to surrender today. Her bail has been set at $50,000.
The charge stems from a November 16 incident in which police were called to Minnick's home on reports of a three-month-old in cardiac arrest. The Post-Dispatch reported at the time
that first responders found the girl "cool to the touch." Her lips were blue, and she had "compression marks" on her face. After being transported to a hospital the child was pronounced dead on arrival.
Minnick told police that the child had rolled onto her face and stopped breathing, KSDK reports
. She told the Post-Dispatch
that she had attempted to perform CPR.
When police asked if there were any more children in her home, Minnick told them there was one, KSDK reports
. In reality, there were six more, in what police have described as an unlicensed daycare. Police found the children throughout the house, in playpens with blankets and plastic shelving stacked atop them to prevent the children from escaping.
Police reportedly smelled alcohol on Minnick, and soon found an empty box of wine in the garbage. The police department's press release notes that its toxicology report is now complete.
Minnick's charges include six counts of endangering the welfare of a child, a class D felony, as well as one count of endangering the welfare of a child resulting in death, a class A felony.
"The members of the Maplewood Police Department continue to extend our deepest condolences to the family of the victim, and ask all members of the community to join us in keeping them in your prayers and thoughts," police write in a statement. "On behalf of the family, the Maplewood Police Department emphatically beseech that their privacy be respected during this extremely difficult period of their lives."
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