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Ex-daycare worker indicted for Murder

52 counts of Child Abuse following infant homicide investigation

A New Castle County grand jury has indicted a New Castle woman for 53 felonies following the alleged murder of an infant and the abuse of four other children at a Bear daycare facility. Dejoynay Ferguson20, is alleged to have suffocated a 4-month-old child to death and to have abused that child and four other children between July 16 and September 5, 2019.

Following a thorough investigation by the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit, prosecutors sought and secured an indictment against Ferguson for 1 count of Murder by Abuse or Neglect First Degree, 48 counts of Child Abuse First Degree, and 4 counts of Child Abuse Second Degree. 

The indictment handed down on July 13 was a culmination of the investigative efforts by both the Delaware State Police and the Department of Justice, and was delayed several months due to the suspension of grand juries during the COVID-19 pandemic. The matter will be referred to a Superior Court judge for scheduling. 

On Thursday, September 5, 2019, at approximately 10:35 a.m., Troopers and Emergency Medical Services personnel responded to the Little People Child Development Center, located at 3843 Wrangle Hill Road, for an unresponsive 4-month-old. The female infant was transported by ambulance to Christiana Hospital, where she was pronounced deceased.

The investigation, conducted by the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit, determined Ferguson was the assigned caregiver for the female victim in the Infant Room at the facility, placed her hands over the victim’s mouth and nose, and intentionally restricted her breathing until she became unresponsive. Once becoming unresponsive, the victim was put back into a crib by Ferguson. After approximately 20 minutes, Ferguson advised the owner of the daycare facility the victim was unresponsive, at which time 911 was called.

Included in the Indictment today was a single count of Murder by Abuse or Neglect, which replaced the original charge of Murder 1st Degree and forty-two counts of Child Abuse 1st Degree against the deceased victim.  The time frame of the child abuse charges included in the presented Indictment ranged from July 16, 2019, thru September 5, 2019.

After the initial incident, the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit, identified four additional child victims, ranging in age from one month through fifteen months of age.  Seven additional counts of Child Abuse 1st Degree and three counts of Child Abuse 2nd are associated with the four additional identified victims.

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