Infant’s Death Ruled Accidental; Babysitter Formally Charged With Neglect (VIDEO)

Jasper (NNDC) – A Huntingburg woman was formally charged with Neglect of a Dependent causing the death of an infant in her care.

26-year old Rachell Childree could get up to 40 years in prison if she’s found guilty…

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In court Friday morning, a very distraught Childree was formally read the felony 1 neglect of a dependent charge against her.

Childree was babysitting the two-and-a-half month old girl as well as two of her own children the afternoon of November 29th at her home in Huntingburg.

Though an autopsy showed no signs of foul play, and determined the death was accidental, investigators say Childree was negligent after the baby sufficated to death. Huntingburg police say Childree laid the infant on an adult bed for a nap with a comforter on the bed as well as two blankets.
Childree’s two younger children were also home at the time.

Court documents say when Childree went to check on the baby a couple hours later after she also took a nap, she found one of blankets up over the child’s face and she was not breathing. Childree says she immediately called 911.

The autopsy did rule the death was by asphixiation brought on by unsafe sleeping conditions.

In court Tuesday, Childree’s bond was reduced to 1000 dollars and she is now free on bond. A preliminary trial date was set for March 6th

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