FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- The owner of an unlicensed Fairfield day care where a 4-month-old Shelton boy died last March, has rejected a plea deal and will go to trial, according to the Connecticut Post.
Carol Cardillo, who has been charged with second-degree manslaughter, reckless endangerment and risk of injury to a minor in connection with the death, had been offered a sentence of 15 years that would have been suspended after five years if she plead guilty, the Connecticut Post reported. She rejected the deal on Friday and opted to go for a trial, which will likely begin sometime after Nov. 1, according to the Connecticut Post.
The case stems from the March 22, 2016 death of a 4-mont-old Shelton boy, who was found unresponsive at the unlicensed day care that Cardillo ran out of her Fairfield home for 11 years, according to police. The boy was taken to St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport, where he was pronounced dead.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy, listing the cause of death as acute diphenhydramine intoxication and ruling the death a homicide, police said
Diphenhydramine is an antihistamine found in drugs such as Benadryl that should not be administered to children under the age of 2, and should only be administered to children between the age of 2 and 4 after consultation with a doctor, police said.
After receiving the autopsy report, Fairfield detectives worked with the State’s Attorney’s Office, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, and several medical professionals, determining there was probable cause to arrest Cardillo, police said.
Cardillo told police she did not give the boy Benadryl. Police said they later found that she had purchased Benadryl shortly before the Shelton boy's death.
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