Police: Daycare Worker Charged With Suffocation, Abuse Of Child

Detectives from the New Castle County Division of Police have charged 22-year-old Samantha Diaz of Wilmington with multiple felonies in reference to child abuse at a daycare facility.

Officials said on Thursday, February 1, 2024, officers responded to Nemours Children’s Hospital in reference to an abuse investigation. The investigation revealed that the parents of the victim received a call from the child’s daycare, Educational Enrichment Center in Wilmington.

Staff at the daycare reported that the victim woke up from her nap and had suspicious injuries on her face. The staff alerted the parents about the injuries at which time the parents transported the victim to Nemours. It was reported by medical staff that the victim had sustained multiple physical injuries to her face. The child was treated and later released and is expected to make a full recovery.

The investigation was then assigned to the Division’s Special Victims Unit. Detectives responded to the daycare and assumed the investigation. A daycare employee, Samantha Diaz, was identified as the suspect police said Saturday.

She was transported to New Castle County Police headquarters. Following an investigation, Diaz was charged with one felony count of suffocation and one felony count of child abuse in the second degree. Diaz was arraigned by the Justice of the Peace Court 2 and held in lieu of $70,000 cash bail.

Diaz was employed at multiple daycare facilities and there is a concern there may be additional victims police said. If you have any information regarding this case or another incident, please contact Detective Donovan at (302) 395-2781 or email at [email protected].

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