Murder charge laid in baby's daycare death
A 35-year-old woman has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with a baby's death after an alleged assault at her home daycare in Mississauga, Ont.
Duy-An Nguyen, a 14-month-old girl, died two days after an incident at April's Daycare.
The unlicensed private daycare is run by April Luckese out of a townhouse on Asta Drive, near Cawthra Road and the Queen Elizabeth Way.
Nguyen was taken off life support Friday morning at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children, where she was admitted Wednesday in critical condition and underwent emergency surgery.
Luckese, of Mississauga, had originally been arrested and charged with aggravated assault on Wednesday, then released on bail Thursday.
She was rearrested Friday and charged with murder, Peel Regional Police said. She is scheduled to appear in a Brampton court Saturday.
Peel police's homicide unit has taken over the case.
Luckese's daycare not illegal: province
Janice Luckese, a distant relative of the accused woman, said April Luckese used to run a daycare under her licensed agency but chose to work on her own, at her home, so she could look after more younger children.
"There was nothing glaring that said there was a problem," Janice Luckese said.
"I watched her with the children there. I never saw anything that showed any anger."
Vicky McNeill, whose granddaughter used the daycare, said she was shocked by the arrest.
McNeill said she knew April Luckese from having picked up her granddaughter at the daycare and had tea with her a couple of times.
"She gave me a picture of her with all the children," McNeill said. She was a decent lady.
"I'm just in a big shock and sympathetic to the parents."
She said Luckese was very kind to her granddaughter, doing crafts and other activities with her.
"I think she had too many children, "McNeill said. "She was up and down those stairs."
Ontario allows both licensed and unlicensed home daycares. The Ministry of Education told CBC News there are about 5,000 licensed home child-care providers in the province but unlicensed home daycares are also common and not illegal.
According to the Day Nurseries Act for Child Care Supervisors of Ontario, home daycare providers like Luckese can have up to five children in their home in addition to their own children.
Licensed child-care providers can't have more than five children in total in their home at one time.
Licensed providers also have additional restrictions on the number of children of a certain age they can care for. They can have a maximum of two children under age two and three children under age three.
Provincial inspectors said they had received no complaints about Luckese's daycare.