Babysitter Guilty of Negligence in Baby's Death ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Babysitter Guilty of Negligence in Baby's Death

A babysitter in West Palm Beach, Florida has been charged with aggravated manslaughter after failing to prevent the death of a two-month-old baby in her care. Aline Marcelin was convicted of negligence after the incident in March 2004, where baby Marissa Cadet died as a result of Marcelin's failure to call paramedics. Cadet had developed problems breathing, but Marcelin did not call an ambulance for fear of being caught operating an unlicensed home day care. Marcelin then decided to take the baby to hospital herself, but rear-ended another car on the way there. When paramedics arrived, Marcelin did not tell them the child was in danger. The baby subsequently died of pneumonia. Prosecutors claim that Marcelin tried to blame the baby's death on the car crash. Marcelin's lawyer insists that, while Marcelin should have called the authorities, she did not cause the baby's death.

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