Jefferson County baby with taped pacifier has died in Pennsylvania

By: Rob Pratt
By: Rob Pratt

Jefferson County (WVLT) -- The baby that had a pacifier taped to his mouth at a Jefferson County daycare four months ago has died.

Deshawn Toner would have been eight months old later this week, but police in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania confirm that he passed away on New Year's Day.

According to the Philadelphia police department, they were called to the scene of an unresponsive child around 1:00 AM on December 30th.

Deshawn was taken to Saint Christopher's Hospital for Children in downtown Philadelphia where he passed away two days later, at 12:29 PM on New Year's Day.

Police said they do not have any evidence of foul play at this point, but an autopsy is being performed to determine the cause of death.

In September, Deshawn was found in a dark bathroom with a pacifier taped to its mouth at Noah's Ark Nursery in Jefferson City.

That nursery lost its license following the incident.

Two employees of the nursery, Kim Ball and Angela Day, face criminal child abuse charges in that case.

We'll continue to follow this story and we'll bring you the latest on Volunteer TV News and VolunteerTV.com.


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