A North Dakota woman is accused of killing a baby boy while taking care of him at an illegal day care she ran out of her home, authorities said.
Patricia Wick, 48, faces charges of murder, child abuse, and operating a daycare without a license in connection with an infant who died while in her care last fall.
Shortly before 2 p.m. on Sept. 26, police in Carrington responded to Wick’s home and found the baby boy, Reed, unresponsive, Valley News Live reported.
Court documents obtained by the outlet state the infant “clearly suffered traumatic head injury and subsequently had a cardiac arrest” and died two days later, on Sept. 28.
The baby, whose death was ruled a homicide, also suffered neck trauma, according to the documents.
Wick told investigators that the day of the incident, she fed and laid Reed down to nap, and he woke up around 15 minutes later after another child in her care began to cry.
The court documents state Wick allegedly said she “was frustrated” with the baby that day and may have put him down too hard onto a blanket in the living room when she went to the kitchen to care for another child.
After hearing the infant coughing and vomiting, Wick said she phoned Reed’s mother and 911, later noting to the investigators “and that was it,” the documents state.
According to police, Wick allegedly admitted to police another little boy she was taking care of two weeks earlier had broken his arm while playing on a swing set outside her home.
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