The infant's parents could not believe the incident. The father wrote an emotional post on Facebook.
When we give our precious children to be cared for by somebody else, we believe they will do their responsibility well without compromises. However, one couple was heartbroken when they heard their daycare provider's negligence led to the death of their dear child.
According to People, Stacey Vaillancourt, a daycare provider at the Vermont daycare gave 6-month-old Harper Rose Briar some sedatives, which took her life.
Vaillancourt gave the child sedatives to induce sleep while she was at the center. The parents informed that the child had been under the woman's care for just 4 days.
On the day of her demise, Harper was dropped at the daycare by her parents. The devastated parents, Marissa and Blak stated that their baby was "happy and healthy, smiling big like she always had."
Sometime during the day, the police responded to a 911 call from the daycare. They found the infant not breathing and soon the child was taken to the hospital.
"Marissa and Blake got the call no parent wants. Harper was unresponsive and headed to the hospital via ambulance. Baby Harper arrived at the hospital and wasn’t breathing," wrote Harper's extended family on the GoFundme Page. They stated that the medical experts did everything they could to bring the little girl back. However, there was no luck. The infant passed away on 24 January 2019.
"The doctors and nurses did all they could to bring life back to our little princess. We were all shocked to hear Harper was gone. Harper Rose has left us on her 6 month birthday... Now we are trying to learn how to do this life without our sweet baby girl," wrote the family.
On investigation, the medical experts found that concentrations of a drug called diphenhydramine in the child's body. The medical reports further pointed out that the child died to diphenhydramine intoxication. The autopsy further proved that the child's death was a homicide.
According to People, the police statement said, "Diphenhydramine is an active, sedating ingredient in over-the-counter antihistamines." The drug is only used if prescribed by a physician. The investigators of the case found that the child was given large doses of the drug without a prescription.
According to webmd.com, this drug is not safe or effective for children under the age of six. It also says that it should not be used for kids in that age group without being specifically prescribed by a doctor. Besides that, some products containing this drug cannot even be given to children under the age of 12.
The investigators arrested the nanny and charged her with suspicion of manslaughter and child cruelty. “The state is alleging that the defendant sedated an otherwise beautiful, happy, healthy 6-month-old to the point where that baby could not lift her head and died. From the state’s perspective that is about as serious a charge that we see in Vermont,” said Rutland County State’s Attorney Rosemary Kennedy, according to Associated Press.
Vaillancourt was later charged with manslaughter though she pleaded not guilty. "The state is alleging that the defendant acted criminally negligent and because of that action, the child died," Rutland County State's Attorney Rose Kennedy, according to WCAX3. She was released on a was released on an unsecured appearance bond of $25,000. She was further instructed not to have contacts with any child younger than 5 years old other than her grandchild, according to Rutland Herald.
Meanwhile, the family started the GoFundme Page to fund the funeral expenses and the legal battle. "This page is set up to help Marissa and Blake pay for Baby Harper’s funeral and to support the family while they grieve and go through the legal process of getting justice for Harper Rose," said the family through the page.
They added, "Baby Harper brought so much light into this world...especially for her Mommy...Marissa. If you have the means to help them financially please do so...every little bit will help. If you can’t help financially please share this post and send up some prayers for this family as they learn to live without their precious princess."
The devastated father took to Facebook and poured out his grief. He wrote, "None of this seems real, I can’t sleep without seeing her, I can’t open my eyes without seeing her, I can’t do anything. She was the best thing that ever happened to us and I promise me and mommy are always going to love you. I love you Harper Rose Briar, Rest In Peace my beautiful daughter," according to People.