Farmington Day Care Provider Charged in Death of Baby Boy

Updated: 05/22/2013 11:16 AM KSTP.com By: Leslie Dyste


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A Farmington day care provider has been charged in connection with the death of a 3-month-old boy.

According to the Dakota County Attorney's Office, 45-year-old Rebecca Graupmann was charged with two counts of manslaughter in the second degree, one count of endangerment of a child, neglect of a child and interference with a death scene in connection with the death of Kaiden Staebell.

Kaiden was in Graupmann's care at her home day care facility on July 21, 2012. Farmington police were called out to her home shortly after 3 p.m. on the report of a child who had stopped breathing and was unresponsive.

Emergency crews were unable to revive Kaiden and he was pronounced dead at 3:23 p.m.

According to authorities, Graupmann's story changed during the investigation. She initially told police that Graupmann had fallen asleep in his car seat around 1:45 to 2 p.m. and that he was "perfectly fine" when she checked on him. Graupmann said when she returned at 3 p.m. she noticed his skin was blue and cold.

Later when authorities told Graupmann they found a wet spot and what appeared to be blood on a comforter upstairs, she allegedly changed her story.

Graupmann told authorities she put Kaiden on the bed in the afternoon and moved him downstairs after he stopped breathing. She said he was cold to the touch, his lips were blue and he had blood around his nose so she picked him up and moved him downstairs.

She told authorities, "I freaked out. I am sorry." She told police she put Kaiden on his back and that his head was turned to the side when she found him not breathing.

Kaiden's mother told police she had given instructions to Graupmann to have Kaiden sleep on his back. She had also given specific instructions that stated: "Kaiden likes to put blankets over his head-keep an eye on him during naps."

Both his mother and father told police that Kaiden was not yet able to rollover or turn from his back to his side.

Graupmann told authorities she had completed the required day care training. She also said that Kaiden had slept on her couch and bed several times and she believed it was safe for him to sleep on his side.

The medical examiner who conducted an autopsy on Kaiden believes he died of probable positional asphyxia.

Graupmann is expected to make her first court appearance May 22.