Maplewood daycare owner charged with child endangerment

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MAPLEWOOD, Mo. – Laura Minnick is charged with seven counts of child endangerment after a three month old died under her watch last November.

The investigation began on November 16, 2018 after the victim died of suffocation at the in-house daycare Minnick ran in the 3600 block of Cambridge Avenue.

Officers reported that six other children ages 4 and under were present at the time of the death. Some of the children were in pack-n-plays covered with shelving, boxes, and crates.

Minnick was intoxicated when police arrived on the scene.

The warrants were issued after the recent completion of Minnick’s toxicology report and the St. Louis County Medical Examiner’s report. Minnick is not yet in police custody, but officers believe she will surrender herself sometime today. Her bond has been set at $50,000.

The Maplewood Police Department asks that the community keep the victim’s family in their thoughts and prayers. The family wishes to remain private at this time.

Questions about the case can be directed to Lieutenant John LeClerc at (314) 646-3630 or j-leclerc@cityofmaplewood.com.

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