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Unlicensed day care provider pleads guilty to infant's death

(WHSV)
Published: Oct. 13, 2017 at 5:07 PM EDT
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A Virginia unlicensed day care provider has pleaded guilty after an infant died in her care while she was watching 16 children.

53-year-old Carrie C. Persichini pleaded guilty Thursday to several charges including felony child neglect in the 2016 death of 3-month-old Peter Hitt.

Persichini told police she'd put Peter and his twin sister, Ava, in a Pack 'n' Play for a nap and found Peter facedown on his stomach with his head to his side. He had gone into cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Persichini was caring for nine children under age 5 and seven children under 12. State law requires licenses for home day care providers who watch five or more children.

Persichini's sentencing is set for Jan. 4.