She wasn't even the first child to die after being in her care this year, according to police.
A daycare owner has been charged with killing a two-year-old girl five months after she mysteriously died while in her care.
Kaylee Thomas's death at the home of Jessica Anne Cherry on August 18, 2020 had been ruled indeterminate; but on Tuesday the Chief Medical Examiner finally declared it a homicide, leading detectives to immediately arrest and charge the 37-year-old with second degree murder.
After the toddler died, police obtained a search warrant and discovered a Ring camera inside the daycare had been moved so that it faced a television screen.
As a result, Cherry was charged with two counts of gross wanton or reckless care for a child, two counts of endangerment cruelty or injuries to children, stab/cut wounds with malicious intent and attempted malicious wounding — but faced no charges in the death of Kaylee.
It also emerged during that hearing that Kaylee wasn't even the first child to die in Cherry's care that year; the prosecutor mentioned she was being investigated after a one-year-old boy was found unresponsive at her home on January 16 last year. He died at hospital four days later.
Per WAVY, Cherry's attorney and a Norfolk Juvenile Domestic Relations Court judge objected to the other child's death being mentioned in court; however the broadcaster confirmed the investigation with Norfolk PD.
The cause and manner of his death have not been revealed, and no one has been charged.