- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 5, 2016

KNOXVILLE, Iowa (AP) - A Pella day care provider has been given probation for her role in the death of a 17-month-old-child.

A judge Tuesday sentenced 32-year-old Valerie Wackerly to three years of probation in the death of Amelia Smith. Wackerly pleaded guilty in January to involuntary manslaughter.

The judge also ordered Wackerly to pay restitution and to record a public service announcement about the proper use of car seats that will play weekly on a Knoxville radio station.

The child was found unresponsive in June at Wackerly’s in-home day care. The child died later at a Des Moines hospital.

Authorities say she died of mechanical or positional asphyxia. She’d been left in a car seat while taking a nap in a dark room at Wackerly’s home.


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