Delaware day care worker charged with murder in death of 4-month-old under her watch

The 19-year-old day care worked is accused of suffocating the infant girl because she would not stop crying.

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By Ben Kesslen

A 19-year-old old day care worker in Delaware has been charged with murder in the death of an infant under her watch.

Police responded to a call of an unresponsive 4-month-old girl on Thursday at the Little People Child Development Center in Bear, Delaware, a town just southwest of Wilmington. The infant was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead.

Dejoynay Ferguson.Delaware State Police

Dejoynay Ferguson has been charged with the infant’s murder, Delaware State Police announced. Police have accused Ferguson of suffocating the girl, allegedly restricting the infant's breathing when the baby would not stop crying, NBC Philadelphia reports.

Ferguson told investigators the child was “fussy,” police documents reveal, which is why she put her hand over the girl's mouth and nose.

Surveillance footage appeared to show Ferguson covering the girl's mouth for more than three minutes, according to an affidavit obtained by NBC Philadelphia. The baby was apparently moving when Ferguson picked her up, but unresponsive after the day care worker put her down.

Ferguson has been charged with first-degree murder with bail set to $1 million. It was unclear if she had a lawyer.

Delaware State Police have indefinitely suspended the license of the Little People Child Development Center.