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Forum News Service, Published April 18 2014

Former day care provider gets jail time in infant's death

HASTINGS, Minn. - A former Farmington day care provider has been sentenced to serve 30 days in jail and 80 hours of community service for her role in an infant’s death.

Rebecca Lynn Graupmann, 46, pleaded guilty in February to second-degree manslaughter. She also must pay a $500 fine for her role in the death of 3-month-old Kaiden Robert Staebell on July 31, 2012.

Kaiden was in Graupmann’s care that day when she allegedly laid him on a bed while she did her chores. She came back to find he had rolled onto his side. She left him like that and came back later to find him with blue lips and blood around his nose.

According to criminal complaints filed in the Dakota County Attorney’s Office, Graupmann at first denied any wrongdoing and lied about how Kaiden died. She told police Kaiden had fallen asleep in his car seat after eating.

Kaiden’s mother told police she had repeatedly told Graupmann her son should sleep on his back. She also had given Graupmann the message in writing.

Additional charges of second-degree manslaughter, neglect of a child and interference with a death scene were dismissed.