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Ex-Pa. day care owner sentenced to 9 to 23 months

July 9, 2014
Associated Press

STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) — The former owner of an eastern Pennsylvania day care where a 3-month-old baby died almost two years ago has been sentenced to nine to 23 months in prison.

The Pocono Record ( ) reports that 54-year-old Deborath Thompson pleaded guilty in Monroe County Court to two counts of child welfare endangerment.

She was charged following the November 2012 death of Jasaan Feliciano of East Stroudsburg, which was attributed to "sudden unexplained death in infancy."

After the death, state officials revoked Thompson's day care license, citing multiple violations such as an unprotected heater and a carpet littered with choking hazards.

Defense attorney Brett Riegel said overwhelming professional and personal obligations made it difficult for Thompson to address the violations, none of which contributed in any way to the child's death.


Information from: Pocono Record,



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