Woman sentenced after toddler dies from being pinned between a table and Pack-‘n-Play
IDAHO FALLS — A local woman will spend 30 days on house arrest and a decade on probation after pleading guilty to contributing to the death of a toddler she babysat.
On Thursday, District Judge John Shindurling sentenced Angie Kay Young, 49, after she pleaded guilty to felony involuntary manslaughter. Shindurling opted to withhold judgment in the case, meaning that if Young is successful on probation, the conviction could be removed from her record.
Back on May 1, Young called 911 after finding the 23-month-old boy she was caring for unresponsive. The child was pinned between a card table and Pack-‘n-Play. By the time police arrived, the child was already taken from the house by Emergency Medical Services.
Investigators went to a bedroom downstairs where the child was found and saw a square card table with multiple blankets on-top. When police weighed the blankets, they weighed 24 pounds.
Detectives took Young to the police station, where they asked her what happened. During the interview, she said she put the toddler down for a nap. She said she placed the card table with blankets on top of the Pack-n’-Play to prevent him from climbing out and the boy eventually fell asleep.
When the child woke up, Young said she kept working on something for approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Young told investigators she heard the boy making noise for about 10 minutes before there were 10 minutes of silence.
“She went down to get (the boy) and found him unresponsive,” according to an affidavit of probable cause. “Angie described (the boy) as hanging outside the pack and play with his head/neck trapped between the Pack-n’-Play and card table.”
Court documents indicate it appears the toddler was able to lift the card table enough to climb out and get his body swung out of the Pack-n’-Play before the table came back down “cutting off blood and oxygen to (the boy’s) brain.”
“With Angie’s statement and evidence found on scene and through the autopsy, it is apparent that Angie created a circumstance that ultimately led to (the boy’s) death,” the investigator writes.
The boy died 10 days before his second birthday.
Shindurling also ordered that Young also pay $5,305.50 in fees and fines, according to court records. Young will also have to complete 100 hours of community service.