Former Farmington day care provider faces manslaughter, neglect charges

A Farmington woman faces manslaughter charges relating to the death of a 3-month-old baby who stopped breathing at her home day care on July 31, 2012.

Rebecca Lynn Graupmann, 45, faces two felony counts of second-degree manslaughter and three gross misdemeanor charges for endangerment of a child, neglect and interference with a death scene.

The criminal complaint details the following events:

Farmington Rescue responded to a call that a child had stopped breathing and was unable to be resuscitated. Graupmann allegedly told police initially that the child fell asleep in a car seat. As a detective photographed the day care home, he noticed a wet spot with what appeared to be blood in another bed in the house.

Graupmann admitted to police that she had put the baby in the bed for a nap from approximately 1:45-3 p.m. She later said she saw the child was on his side in the bed and left him in that position.

Graupmann found the child, “cold to the touch, his lips were blue, and he had blood around his nose when she picked him up,” the complaint said.

Graupmann told police she “should not have laid him in the bed” multiple times, the complaint reports.

The child’s mother told police she had specifically asked Graupmann to always put her son to sleep on his back. The parents   told police they never saw their son turn over on his stomach or side.

An autopsy ruled the death as accidental by “probable positional asphyxiation,” according to the complaint.

The felony charges each hold up to 10 years and $20,000, and the gross misdemeanor charges hold up to one year and $3,000 fine.

Graupmann’s trial is scheduled for Sept. 9.

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