Parents Sue Delaware Child Care Facility Where Daughter Was Killed

May 13, 2020

The parents of an infant who was killed at a Delaware child care facility have filed suit against the facility as well as a former employee who was charged in the baby’s death.

The News Journal of Wilmington reported Wednesday that the suit was filed against The Little People Child Development Center in Bear.

The parents are also suing Dejoynay Mariah Ferguson. She was charged with first-degree murder after the baby’s death last year.

Attorney Timothy Lengkeek told the News Journal that the parents hope to ensure “this does not happen to another baby.”

“The civil suit against the daycare itself is the only way to hold them responsible for what happened to the baby,” Lengkeek said.

Lengkeek represents Cadell Talton and Amanda Livingston. Four-month-old Isabella Talton died in September.

Police say that Ferguson confessed to suffocating the baby because she had become “fussy” and wouldn’t stop crying.

The state closed the facility immediately after the girl’s death. But it was allowed to reopen less than three weeks later. Officials said that facility was compliant with regulations and found that it was not a threat to the health and safety of children following Ferguson’s arrest.

The Little People told the News Journal this week that it had “no comment at this time.”

The suit is seeking unspecified monetary damages. The filing alleges that the facility lacked “appropriate staff with adequate credentials, qualifications, competence and experience” and did not “properly supervise, manage, oversee and ensure safety for the children.”

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