Former day care owner charged in death of 13-month-old

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DENVER -- A former day care owner has been charged with felony child abuse for the death of a 13-month-old girl, the Denver District Attorney's Office said.

Stephanie Hill, 69, ran the center out of a home. Documents suggest the child, Karsen Anne White, suffocated in tangled bedding, which was being used in place of a mattress.

The Denver Office of the Medical Examiner said the cause and manner of death were undetermined but added the unsafe sleeping environment most likely contributed to the child's death.

The girl was taken from the day care on Rosemary Street to Children's Hospital Colorado on June 5 and was later pronounced dead.

The state suspended Hill's license the same day the child died. Hill was cited in October for violating safe sleep requirements for an infant.

Hill is out of custody on a $50,000 bail. She's due in court on Aug. 18.

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