Day care provider charged in death of infant on child’s third day at facility

Day care provider charged in death of infant on child’s third day at facility
Stacey L. Vaillancourt (Image: Vermont State Police)

[Ed. – Sounds as though it may have been a stupid mistake, but that doesn’t ease the loss for the child’s parents.]

A day care provider in Vermont has been charged with manslaughter after an infant died in her care on the child’s third day under her supervision, state police said.

Stacey L. Vaillancourt, 53, of Rutland, was arrested Monday following the girl’s death at Vaillancourt’s state-certified in-home day care facility on Jan. 24. An autopsy completed last week found that 6-month-old Harper Rose Briar, of Pittsford, died of diphenhydramine intoxication, according to Vermont State Police.

Diphenhydramine is the active ingredient in over-the-counter antihistamines, including Benadryl, and should not be used on infants unless prescribed by a doctor.

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“Investigators determined there was no physician order regarding diphenhydramine for Harper Briar,” a news release read. “Detectives also concluded that Vaillancourt was the sole person to provide care and supervision to Harper Briar preceding her death on Jan. 24, which was Harper’s third day attending Vaillancourt’s day care facility.”

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