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January 2, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to Mather day care operator accused in infant's death?

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QUESTION: Whatever happened to the Mather day care provider who was accused of having an infant in her care die? Last that was reported, she was going to trial.
Submitted by: Jill, Mather

ANSWER: Former day care operator Sheila Caceres was ordered in July to stand trial in the death of an infant boy in her care.

The trial was to have begun in October but was continued and is now set for Jan. 15, according to Sacramento Superior Court online records.

Caceres faces a felony charge of child endangerment and a misdemeanor violation of fire safety regulations.

According to stories in The Bee, Caceres, who once operated Sheila's Garden Daycare in Mather, had been caring for 2-month-old Avin Rominger when he suddenly died in February 2011.

The Sacramento County coroner could not determine the exact reason for the death, ruling that the cause of death was "sudden unexpected infant death with delayed medical intervention."

Caceres is accused of failing to immediately call 911 for help after discovering the child was in distress.

She has pleaded not guilty.

After the infant's death, Caceres agreed to a lifetime ban by the state from owning, working in or being present in a day care home.

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