Babysitter Enters Plea In Death Of One-Year-Old

By: WOWT 6 News Email
By: WOWT 6 News Email

Nearly a year after one-year-old Chase Hunter was found dead in his car seat, his day care provided pleaded no contest to the charges against her.

Elizabeth Harding pleaded no contest to negligent child abuse resulting in death, which is a felony. When she is sentenced April 29, she faces up to 20 years in prison.

Chief Deputy County Attorney Brenda Beadle said on at least two occasions, the Hunter family asked Harding not to let Chase nap in his car seat. Harding admitted that she only buckled the top part of the harness when she left the boy in a car seat to take a nap. The boy then slid down in the seat and was strangled by the harness.

Although she was running a day care out of her home, Harding was not licensed.

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