Woman gets life in prison for killing infant at day care

June 26, 2021 GMT

GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) — A woman who suffocated an infant to death at a Delaware day care facility has been sentenced to life in prison.

A Superior Court judge sentenced Dejoynay Ferguson on Friday, according to the Delaware Department of Justice.

“These are the crimes that make us hold our kids tighter,” state Attorney General Kathy Jennings said in a news release. “This was among the most chilling and emotionally challenging cases that the DOJ has prosecuted in my career.”

The Delaware News Journal reports that Ferguson was 19 when she killed the 4-month-old girl in September 2019 at the Little People Child Development Center in Bear.

Ferguson pleaded guilty in April to murder and child abuse charges stemming from the death of Isabella Talton and the abuse of four other children.

Surveillance video showed Ferguson covering the child’s mouth and nose with her hand for more than three minutes.