It also said the diphenhydramine had to have been given to the infant within a couple hours of her death.
Harper’s parents, 21-year-old Marissa Colburn and 21-year-old Blake Briar, testified that Harper was generally healthy but was usually a poor sleeper and sometimes couldn’t sleep unless she was held, the newspaper reported. Both parents testified they hadn’t given Harper medication.
“In this affidavit of probable cause, the state is alleging that (Vaillancourt) sedated an otherwise beautiful, happy, healthy 6-month-old to the point that that baby could not lift her head and it died. From the state’s perspective, that is about as serious a charge as we see in Vermont,” the affidavit said.
Vaillancourt’s attorney, Robert P. McClallen, said in court that his client had run the day care for about 25 years, but said she voluntarily shut the business down after Harper’s death, the newspaper reported.
Vaillaincourt turned down requests for comment.
If found guilty of the manslaughter charge, Vaillaincourt faces a mandatory minimum penalty of one year in jail and up to 15 years in jail. If found guilty of the cruelty to a child charge, she faces up to 10 years in jail.