Sacto 9-1-1
February 6, 2013
Day care parent says she saw no sign of trouble day infant died

By Sam Stanton
sstanton@sacbee.com

The trial of former day care operator Sheila Caceres resumed this morning with a onetime client testifying that she saw no evidence of problems at the home when she picked up her children Feb. 23, 2013, the same day a 10-week-old boy died there.

Emma Baier said she arrived at the Mather day care home sometime around 3:45 p.m. to pick up her children and saw no signs of trouble.

"Just typical, there was nothing out of the ordinary," Baier testified. "We talked and they were just everyday mundane things."

Baier was called by the defense in an apparent effort to refute the prosecution theory that infant Avin Rominger was in distress before 5 p.m. that day and that Caceres knew it and delayed calling 911.

Caceres faces a felony child endangerment charge for allegedly not calling 911 as soon as she knew Avin was having some sort of problem.

Baier testified that she was at the home until about 4:35 p.m. and saw no evidence of problems.

Avin's father arrived at the home shortly before 5 p.m. that day and said Caceres greeted him at the door as though nothing was wrong, went upstairs to get Avin and came running down screaeming for him to call 911.

That emergency call came in at 4:58 p.m., and authorities believe Caceres knew at some point before that time that Avin was in trouble but did not seek help.

Another client testified today that he arrived to the sight of emergency vehicles outside the Grafton Circle home and immediately feared they might be there for his daughter.

"As I turned down the street I saw emergency vehicles all over the place and, obviously, as a parent I panicked, hoping it was not my child," Glen Graham said.

He said as he rushed inside he saw Avin being taken out on a gurney and that he knew the boy was dead because he had turned blue.

He added that he took Caceres' daughter over to her grandfather's house and that she was completely distraught.

Caceres is expected to take the stand in her own defense later today.

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