No Charges Filed in Day-Care Death of 18-Month-Old

No Charges Filed in Day-Care Death of 18-Month-Old


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LAYTON, Utah (AP) -- Criminal charges won't be filed in the death of an 18-month-old girl who was caught in the cord of a window blind.

Prosecutors said day-care provider Jill Speth did nothing intentional to cause Abbigale Wentz's death.

Police had said Speth left the infant unattended while she checked on one of the other eight children in her care Sept. 18. When she returned, the girl was caught in the cord and her airway was cut off.

Speth's city license for the day-care business was revoked last week for not complying with local laws on smoke detectors and the maximum number of children in her care, said Gary Crane, Layton city attorney.

Her state license was revoked after the girl's death, which is standard procedure. Speth opened her day-care business in 2005.

------ Information from: Standard-Examiner, http://www.standard.net

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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