Farmington Day Care Provider Sentenced to 30 Days for Death of Infant

Updated: 04/15/2014 12:56 PM
Created: 04/15/2014 11:50 AM
By: Jennie Olson

A Farmington woman was sentenced to 30 days in prison and 80 hours of community service after a 3-month-old boy died at her home day care facility back in 2012.

Forty-six-year-old Rebecca Lynn Graupmann pleaded guilty to a felony count of second-degree manslaughter for the death of Kaiden Robert Staebell, who died July 31, 2012.

Officials say Kaiden died from probable positional asphyxiation. According to the criminal complaint, Kaiden was in Graupmann's care at her home day care facility when Farmington police were called out to her home shortly after 3 p.m. on the report of a child who had stopped breathing and was unresponsive.

Emergency crews were unable to revive Kaiden, and he was pronounced dead at 3:23 p.m.

According to authorities, Graupmann's story changed during the investigation. She initially told police that Kaiden had fallen asleep in his car seat around 1:45 to 2 p.m. and that he was "perfectly fine" when she checked on him. Graupmann said when she returned at 3 p.m. she noticed his skin was blue and cold.

When authorities told Graupmann they found a wet spot and what appeared to be blood on a comforter upstairs, she reportedly changed her story, saying she put Kaiden on the bed in the afternoon and moved him downstairs after he stopped breathing. She said he was cold to the touch, his lips were blue and he had blood around his nose so she picked him up and moved him downstairs, according to the criminal complaint.

She told authorities, "I freaked out. I am sorry." She told police she put Kaiden on his back and that his head was turned to the side when she found him not breathing.

Kaiden's mother told police she had given instructions to Graupmann to have Kaiden sleep on his back. She had also given specific instructions that stated: "Kaiden likes to put blankets over his head - keep an eye on him during naps."

Both his mother and father told police that Kaiden was not yet able to rollover or turn from his back to his side.

Graupmann told authorities she had completed the required day care training. She also said that Kaiden had slept on her couch and bed several times and she believed it was safe for him to sleep on his side.

The additional felony count of second degree manslaughter and gross misdemeanor charges of endangerment of a child, neglect of a child, and interference with a death scene were dismissed at the sentencing.

Forty-six-year-old Rebecca Lynn Graupmann
Photo: Dakota County Sheriff's Office
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