Police: Sitter will not face charges for death of Texas baby left in closet

FORT WORTH, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - A babysitter accused of placing an infant strapped in a car seat into a closet so he could sleep will not be facing any criminal charges for his death, according to police.

KXAS reports the Fort Worth Police Department has determined no criminal act or foul play was involved in the death of 9-month-old John Norris, and investigators believe he was improperly strapped in the car seat, causing him to slide down and suffocate on August 7, 2017. Two days later, a medical examiner ruled his death an accident 

An initial investigation revealed the babysitter, who has not been publicly identified, placed Norris into a walk-in closet to sleep while she was caring for several other children, and when she went back to check on him, he had passed away, according to the KXAS report.

KXAS also states the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services has launched an investigation into the unnamed babysitter to see if she was operating a day care without a license, which could result in a class B misdemeanor citation. 

 

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