New York daycare provider sentenced in infant drowning death

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Posted: Mar 28, 2011 5:43 PM
New York daycare provider sentenced in infant drowning death

By Ellen Wulfhorst

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A day-care provider was sentenced on Monday to one to three years in prison for the 2009 death of an 11-month-old baby who drowned in a bucket of water while his caretaker was asleep.

Krystal Khan, 30, had taken the over-the-counter medication NyQuil which she knew could make her drowsy, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement.

Khan fell asleep on a sofa on June 15, 2009, with 11-month-old James Farrior unrestrained and moving around the room, with a bucket of water unattended in the kitchen, he said.

Khan awoke, did not see the baby in the living room, rolled over and went back to sleep, he said.

When her own four-year-old child woke her up later that morning, she found the baby in the kitchen, his upper body submerged in the bucket that held about six inches of water, he said.

Khan spoke at her sentencing, where she apologized to the baby's family, her defense attorney said. She had cared for him for 10 months, he said.

"Miss Khan feels terrible about this entire incident," her attorney Eugene Guarino said after the sentencing.

Khan, 30, was convicted last month in state Supreme Court of reckless assault of a child by a day-care provider and endangering the welfare of a child.

The death occurred at Khan's brother's house in the city's Queens borough, where she was caring for another child as well, the attorney said.

State Supreme Court Justice Richard Buchter imposed the sentence of one to three years in prison.

Khan also faces possible deportation to her native Trinidad, her attorney said.

"The defendant must now live the rest of her life knowing that by failing to act responsibly as a caregiver her actions resulted in the death of a child and robbed that child's parents of seeing their baby grow up," Brown said in a statement. "This is a sad case for all involved."

(Reporting by Ellen Wulfhorst; Editing by Jerry Norton)