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Cheyenne woman faces Manslaughter charge after investigation into infant’s death at daycare

Kristina Croy (Courtesy of the Laramie County Sheriff’s Office)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – A 38-year old woman was arrested by the Cheyenne Police Department and now faces a charge of Manslaughter following an investigation into the death of an infant at a daycare last September.

According to court records, Kristina Croy made her initial appearance in Laramie County Circuit Court on Wednesday, June 17th to hear the recommended charge of Manslaughter read to her by Judge Denise Nau.

An affidavit filed in the case says that police were dispatched to Cheyenne Medical Regional Center, otherwise known as CRMC, during the afternoon hours of September 25th, 2019, in relation to a report of a deceased infant who was less than a year old.

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Police report that upon arriving to CRMC they were advised that the infant had been brought to the hospital by ambulance without a pulse and not breathing at around 1:45 p.m. Despite attempts by medical personnel, the infant was unable to be resuscitated.

Court papers say that the child had been transported via ambulance from a private residence located on the 3400 block of Foxcroft Road that operated as a licensed daycare business under the direct supervision of Croy.

According to the affidavit, the daycare was licensed by the Department of Family Services.

In an interview with authorities, Croy stated that she had fed the infant at around 11:45 a.m. and then placed them in what she described as a “little sleeper which zips up and their arms go down” with the arms velcroed. She went on to tell police that after placing the infant in the swaddle device at 12:30 p.m. she laid them on their back on a throw rug on the floor.

The affidavit goes on to say that Croy advised police that the parent of the infant knew that she used a “swaddler” on their child.

Croy reported to law enforcement that at around 1:20 p.m. she observed the infant had rolled over and was lying face down on the floor of the living room. Croy said that was when she discovered the baby did not have a pulse or showing signs of breathing.

She said that immediately took the swaddle device off of the infant and called for a co-worker to call 911.

The affidavit reports that Croy’s account of what transpired changed during subsequent interviews with police and DFS officials. It is also alleged that the information that Croy provided to authorities was contradicted by different employees of the daycare.

In one instance it is alleged by an emplyee of the daycare that they were told by Croy to lie to investigators about being in the residence at the time of the incident.

Investigators observed that the daycare was equipped with video cameras. When Croy was asked about them she reportedly told officers that she was unsure they recorded because the night before she noticed they were pointed toward the ceiling and forgot to fix it the following morning.

Court papers say that the parent of the infant advised police that their child had no prior health concerns and was capable of sitting up and frequently rolled from their back to their stomach. The parent advised investigators that they had told Croy multiple times to not place their child in the swaddle device.

The parent alleged to police that Croy knew that their child was mobile and had instructed her multiple times to not swaddle them during naps.

According to the affidavit an autopsy concluded that the infant died of positional asphyxia.

Croy was given a $75,000 cash bond.

All of those cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. Charges are subject to change following official filings from the Laramie County District Attorney’s Office. Information is provided by the Laramie County Sheriff’s Office.