A 3-year-old Iowa child died from injuries sustained allegedly when her daycare provider threw her to the ground, according to The Huffington Post. These injuries were said to be sustained on Oct. 29 when the daycare provider reportedly threw her to the ground for not removing her coat.
According to court documents, daycare owner, Rochelle Sapp, 33, called 3-year-old Autumn Elgersma's mother on Oct. 29, letting her know that her daughter had injured her head in a fall. Sapp told Elgersma that the girl fell down the stairs while at the home daycare.
The child's mother took her to the hospital for treatment, and she passed away two days later in Sioux Falls, S.D., children's hospital while being treated for a skull fracture and brain swelling. Doctors confirmed that these injuries were inconsistent with a child falling on a staircase.
The Huffington Post reported that Sapp admitted to the police that she threw the girl to the ground after receiving these reports from doctors. She has been charged with willful injury and child endangerment resulting in serious injury. However, Elgersma's death will mean additional charges following an autopsy.
"Our family is deeply saddened by the loss of our little girl. The prayers offered by others on our behalf are giving us the strength to get though this very difficult time. Autumn was a joy in our lives and we are blessed to have called her ours," said her parents Philip and Jennifer Elgersma in a statement. "We take comfort in the fact that she is now with her Savior, Jesus Christ. We ask for your continued thoughts and prayers for our family."