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Published May 21, 2013, 03:53 PM

Minnesota day care provider charged in baby's death

HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) — A day care provider in Dakota County is charged with manslaughter in the death of a 3-month-old boy who died in her care last July.

HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) — A day care provider in Dakota County is charged with manslaughter in the death of a 3-month-old boy who died in her care last July.

The complaint alleges 45-year-old Rebecca Lynn Graupmann first tried to mislead investigators, but later admitted to placing the infant to sleep on an adult bed — a violation of Minnesota safe sleep guidelines.

According to the complaint, Kaiden Robert Staebell died July 31 from what a medical examiner determined was probable positional asphyxia.

The charges allege Graupmann had completed required day care training and knew she should not have laid the infant on a bed.

Graupmann is expected to appear in court Wednesday. Her attorney, James Blumberg, declined to comment to the Star Tribune, saying he hadn't seen the complaint or reviewed the charges.

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