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…


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


  1. Barbara Mullen says:

    How many mothers, probably every one of us, has laid a baby to nap on a bed like that. It was purely an accident. I even let my babies sleep with me. I am sure most mothers has done this. Horrible horrible accident.

    • What the article leaves out is that she placed the baby to nap at 10 am but never checked on her and she did not call the cops until 3pm. So 5 hours had went by she left the baby in that room. She had already been dead a couple hours before she was found. It was def negligent on her part. When. You are getting paid to watch someone’s child you don’t take a nap.

  2. Linda Clevenger says:

    How sad. It sounds like an accident. My heart is broken for the baby, the baby’s family, and for the babysitter. Just tragic.

  3. 40 years a might stiff wouldn’t say? Out right murders have gotten less time.

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