Sacto 9-1-1
February 7, 2013
Jury gets day care case

By Sam Stanton

The Sheila Caceres day care case has gone to the jury following more than three hours of closing arguments by the prosecutor and defense attorney.

Caceres, 32, watched in silence throughout the arguments today, staring straight ahead most of the time with a sad look on her face.

She is accused of failing to call 911 for help with 10-week-old Avin Rominger, who died of unexplained causes Feb. 23, 2011, inside her day care center in her Mather home.

Caceres faces a felony charge of child endangerment, but her defense attorney contends Avin died of sudden infant death syndrome and that there was nothing anyone could have done to save him.

Avin's parents, Dave and Rachelle Rominger, both testified during the trial and were present for the closing arguments.

After the jury was led away to begin deliberations, they walked into the fifth floor hallway of the Sacramento Superior Courthouse to talk briefly with Sacramento sheriff's Detective Darin Pometta, who hugged Avin's mother.

Much of the case depends on Pometta's investigation, and although Caceres did not take the stand in her own defense jurors heard from her through a video re-enactment Caceres consented to do with detectives the day after Avin's death,

They also heard audio recordings Pometta made of interviews with others in the case.

Judge Sharon A. Lueras is presiding over the trial.

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