April 26th, 2018

Calgary day-home operator criminally negligent in toddler’s death


By The Canadian Press on April 16, 2018.

CALGARY – The operator of an unlicensed Calgary day home has pleaded guilty to criminal negligence causing the death of an 18-month-old girl.

An autopsy found Ceira McGrath was asphyxiated by the strap of a car seat.

Court heard Ceira and her twin brother were left in the care of Elmarie Simons at the day home on Nov. 12, 2015.

Simons put the girl in a car seat that was too small for her, secured the toddler with the seat’s chest strap and left the girl in a closet for more than five hours.

Court was told Simons left the day home during that time and ran errands.

Emergency responders were called when the child was found unresponsive and she was pronounced dead in hospital.

A sentencing hearing for Simons has been set for next Monday.

(CTV Calgary)

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