Atlanta, Georgia – Amanda Harris Hickey, 45, was arrested Friday on suspicion of murder and cruelty to children. Dunwoody Police Department told them Hickey told them that around 1:45 PM she put her four month old baby on her back in a crib.
According to Police, Hickey was caring for 8 to 9 children when he left the baby. Police said the surveillance footage showed the baby crawling a little, but stopped around 1:45 pm. The child was not re-examined until 3:45, when he was found unconscious.
Hickey put the baby-face in a nap and did not check for more than 2 hours on February 3. She was allowed to care for six children, but investigators said there were eight at her home that day.
The baby was in his stomach and did not respond when Hickey returned to check on him. DeKalb County paramedics took the baby to the hospital, but he was later pronounced dead.
Hickey was charged with second-degree murder and child cruelty. After reviewing the video of the daycare, just hours before the baby died, four extra charges were added for the children.