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Daycare faces prison after daycare death

February 25, 2009 5:16:32 AM PST
A central Pennsylvania woman faces state prison in the playpen death of a 1-year-old boy at a licensed day care she formerly ran in her home. Fifty-five-year-old Connie Narehood of Bratton Township apologized at her sentencing Tuesday, struggling to speak, and her attorney asked for a county prison sentence so she could remain close to friends and family members.

President Judge Timothy Searer noted that Narehood initially lied to authorities investigating the July 8 death of Zayden Scott Reeves, putting a 12-year-old in the precarious position of answering law enforcement officials' questions. He sentenced her to one to two years in state prison plus two years of probation.

Investigators say Zayden had been put in the playpen by a 9-year-old, and suffocated when a board and other objects placed over the playpen fell on him.

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Information from: The Sentinel, http://www.lewistownsentinel.com

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