PASADENA (CNS) – Arraignment for the owner of a day care center in Burbank and one of her employees in the death of an 11-month-old boy was delayed today until March 26.
Wendy Roxana Oropeza, 21, of Van Nuys, and Milena Nikodijevic, 51, of Burbank, the day care center’s owner, were arrested at their homes Tuesday morning, and each was charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter and child abuse.
Both women posted $100,000 bail and were released. The District’s Attorney’s Office announced that the hearing was reset for March 26 but did not give a reason.
Oropeza and Nikodijevic face up seven years in state prison if convicted.
The charges against them stem from the death on Feb. 1, 2012, of an 11- month-old boy at Nikodijevic’s licensed in-home day care facility, Twinkle Twinkle Little Stars, in the 200 block of Santa Anita Avenue.
Oropeza allegedly improperly secured the boy inside another child’s car seat inside the day care facility.
The infant, identified in the criminal complaint only as “Adam D.,” was asphyxiated by the chest strap after falling asleep in the car seat, according to the District Attorney’s Office, which alleges Nikodijevic had three times the number of children under the age of 2 in her car than allowed by her license. She had been cited for a similar offense.
Burbank police said the baby was declared dead at St. Joseph’s Medical Center after emergency medical staffers tried to revive the infant, who was found in “breathing distress” at the day care facility.
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