Minneapolis Day Care Provider Charged with Fatally Shaking Infant

Minneapolis Day Care Provider Charged with Fatally Shaking Infant Photo: Minnesota Department Human Services

February 05, 2018 07:39 PM

A Minneapolis day care provider has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder without intent in connection with the death of an 11-month-old in July.

According to a criminal complaint, Minneapolis police responded to the 4900 block of 18th Avenue South where 42-year-old Sylwia Malgorzat Pawlak-Reynolds operated a home day care, the morning of July 12 after receiving a 911 call reporting a woman screaming.


Upon arrival, officers found the 11-month-old laying on a patio table while Pawlak-Reynolds performed chest compressions. The complaint states the 11-month-old was not responsive and had vomit around his mouth.

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According to the complaint, the infant's parents told authorities he had being eating and sleeping normally prior to the morning of July 12. At drop-off that day, the infant's parents told authorities he was crying, and they observed Pawlak-Reynolds was overwhelmed. It was the infant's third day in Pawlak-Reynolds' care, and the parents told authorities they began considering seeking a different care provider.

EMS responders determined the infant was in cardiac arrest and not breathing on his own. An examination at Hennepin County Medical Center revealed the infant has suffered an acute subdural hemorrhage - an injury in which blood had collected between the membranes surrounding the brain. The examination also revealed the infant had suffered "extensive, multilayer retinal hemorrhages in both eyes that were too numerous to count."

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Physicians determined the infant had arrived to the hospital clinically brain dead, and his injuries were consistent with "severe shaking," according to the complaint. The infant was pronounced dead July 13, as the result of cardiac arrest due to severe brain swelling. An autopsy also revealed an antihistamine was found in the infant's bloodstream.

Pawlak-Reynolds was charged by warrant and the department of Human Services suspended her license July 13.

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Rebecca Omastiak

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