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Michigan Daycare Provider Ordered To Pay $1.8M In Toddler's Death

July 11, 2018 - 4:59 pm

MUSKEGON (WWJ/AP) - A former western Michigan daycare provider has been ordered to pay $1.8 million after pleading guilty to child neglect in the death of a toddler in her home.

The Muskegon Chronicle reports Muskegon County Circuit Judge William Marietti also sentenced 52-year-old Keysha Collins on Wednesday to five years' probation and 6 months in jail, although some or all the sentence could be suspended.

Marietti added that Collins, who was accused of failing to adequately supervise the children in her care, has shown remorse and taken responsibility. Her daycare license has since been revoked. 

According to authorities, an 8-year-old girl also in daycare at Collins' home killed 14-month-old Korey Landon Brown on April 12 of 2017.

Documents show that the little boy's death ruled a homicide as a result of blunt force trauma to the head and possible suffocation. However, prosecutors said there will be no murder charge in the case as state law does now allow criminal charges against children younger than age 10.

The 8-year-old suffers from “serious mental health” issues, according to court documents, including frequently hearing a "demon voices" telling her to do bad things. 

An attorney for Collins has said his client was not made aware of the girl's psychiatric problems when the child was signed up for care.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.