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December 13, 2017

Rogers babysitter pleads not guilty in infant's death


Rogers babysitter pleads not guilty in infant’s death

A Rogers babysitter pleaded not guilty to felony manslaughter in the death of an infant…


A Rogers babysitter pleaded not guilty to felony manslaughter in the death of an infant she was caring for.

Melissa Garcia-Rivera entered the plea Thursday morning. She has been held in the Benton County Jail on a $50,000 bond since her arrest in October.

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A police report says an 8-month-old girl died under her watch.

Garcia-Rivera’s fiance brought the infant to Mercy Hospital. The child was deceased upon arrival.

Medical staff told police the child had a temperature of 100.5 degrees, and her clothes were soaked in a liquid they believed was sweat.

When police interviewed Garcia-Rivera, she initially told police she had laid the child down for a nap, and when she returned she was not breathing. She later told police she was frustrated with the child because they wold not go to sleep. She said she initially laid a pillow and a blanket over the child’s lower body. When the child pushed up, she said she threw a second pillow on top of the first one.

A day later, Garcia-Rivera reached out to police and told them she thought the officer used techniques to make her say something that wasn’t true. She said she covered the child with a blanket, with only the ear and cheek exposed and used the pillows to lay next to the child.

An omnibus hearing in the case is scheduled for January 29, 2018.


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Rogers babysitter pleads not guilty in infant’s death


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