- Associated Press - Friday, January 29, 2016

PELLA, Iowa (AP) - A day care provider is scheduled to be sentenced in April for her role in the death of a 17-month-old child.

Online court records say 32-year-old Valerie Wackerly, of Pella, pleaded guilty Thursday to involuntary manslaughter. The child was found unresponsive June 10 at Wackerly’s in-home day care. The child died later at a Des Moines hospital.

Authorities say Amelia Smith 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.

Wackerly’s sentencing hearing is set for April 5.

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