CHARLOTTE — Police have arrested two former employees at a Charlotte daycare center and charged with neglect in the death of an infant last year.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said Thursday that 35-year-old Stephanie Johnson and 32-year-old Shanita Wright have been charged with misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency and juvenile neglect.
The women worked at Chesterbrook Academy when 4-month-old Logan Bryant died.
Investigators say Johnson and Wright handled infants roughly, slept while on duty, and failed to supervise children. Police said they have identified four victims, including Logan.
But a medical examiner concluded Logan died of sudden infant death syndrome.
Logan’s parents are suing the company that owns the daycare center. An attorney for the center says the medical examiner’s finding shows the employees were not responsible for the death.
Logan’s father, Thomas Bryant, said he and his wife asked the medical examiner to review his conclusion of SIDS as the cause of death.
In a letter to the family, medical examiner Dr. Thomas Owens said he did not think the child was suffocated. Owens wrote that vomit seen coming from Logan’s mouth and nose when he died likely was not a sign of suffocation. He said the vomit and other fluids are part of the dying process.
“He had the opportunity to change it, and he squanders it,” Thomas Bryant said. “I can’t fathom it.”