Unlicensed Day Care Provider Pleads Guilty in Death of 7-Month-Old

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August 31, 2017 12:50 PM

A North St. Paul woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree manslaughter in the death of a 6-month-old girl she was watching at her unlicensed day care last August.

According to the criminal complaint, Amy Jo Englebretson, 44, told authorities she left the girl in her car seat for a nap, then left the room. When she returned, she found a car seat strap around the girl's neck.

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She said the child "scooted" down in the seat and "got strangled up." She said she removed the child, began CPR and called 911. She later told authorities the strap was "too loose."

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There were nine other children under the age of 7 in her home at the time. Englebreston said she had operated the daycare for less than a year at that location. She told authorities she had always been a licensed provider but was not currently licensed. She said she was "on a waiting list for Ramsey County," the complaint states.

However, investigators found she had not applied for a license recently in Minnesota, and there was no waiting list. She had been licensed previously in Polk and St. Croix counties in Wisconsin but was never licensed for more than six children. 

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All of the families told authorities they thought the number of children could not exceed six.

Authorities found Englebretson had at least six violations on the number of children and age restrictions in her care in Wisconsin.  

Her sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 17. 

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