EASTON, Pa. — The owner of a day care center in Pennsylvania has pleaded guilty to criminal charges in a sudden infant death case.
The Northampton County prosecutor says Sharon Balleck, owner of the former Sharon’s Day Care, pleaded guilty Monday to reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child.
The Department of Human Services ordered the closure of her Lehigh Township business after 3-month-old McKenna Rose Felmly was found unresponsive on the first day at the center in April 2016. A coroner ruled she died of “sudden unexpected infant death.”
A grand jury investigation found the baby was placed on her stomach in an unsupervised crib located in the back room of the day care.
Balleck could face probation or a short time in jail.