Motive as to why a teenaged day care worker would allegedly suffocate a 4-month-old baby girl is now being revealed.
According to court records obtained by the Delaware News Journal, 19-year-old Dejoynay M. Ferguson reportedly killed the 4-month-old she was assigned to because the infant wouldn’t stop crying.
As Dearly previously reported, a 911 call was made by the owner of the Little People Child Development Center after Ferguson claimed that she found the baby unresponsive in her crib on September 5. Ferguson had been assigned to the infant room that day.
However, following the initial investigation, police discovered surveillance footage that reportedly showed Ferguson taking the child’s life.
As police document revealed, the footage showed Ferguson grabbing the 4-month-old from the floor and placing her on a changing table. Ferguson is then seen putting on latex gloves and putting her hands over the baby’s nose and mouth.
The teen reportedly didn’t move her hands until the child was noticeably unresponsive. After putting the infant back in her crib, Ferguson then waited roughly 20 minutes before telling the day care’s owner that she was unresponsive.
A spokesman for the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth, and their Families, Joseph Smack, said that prior to the baby’s passing, the Little People Child Development Center didn’t have any “noncompliance issues” come up in their last inspection, which was in May.
Smack also said that every employee employed at the day care had passed the required background checks.
It was during her second interview with investigators that Ferguson revealed to authorities that “she grabbed the child by the shirt because the baby had become “fussy” and wouldn’t stop crying.”
Her original story was reportedly different than what was seen on security cameras. However, what those differences were have not been revealed.
In a press release shared last Friday, the Delaware State Police say Ferguson has been charged with “one count of Murder 1st Degree and arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court #11 before being committed to the Dolores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution on $1,000,000.00 cash bail.”
The Office of Childcare Licensing has since suspended the license of the facility indefinitely, pending the ongoing investigation.