A daycare operator suspected in the death of a one-year-old boy has now been charged with manslaughter.

Maria McFerran was already charged with criminal negligence and failing to provide the necessities of life in the death of Arto Howley last year.

On Thursday morning McFerran appeared at the Port Coquitlam Courthouse on the new charge of manslaughter.

Howley was one year old when he died at the unlicensed Rattle-N-Roll daycare centre, a home-based facility in the 1300 block of Shaughnessy Street, in January 2011.

McFerran is next scheduled to appear in court in early April.