Vt. Officials Will Not File Criminal Charges Against Waterbury Daycare

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The investigation has concluded into the death of a toddler at Elephant in the Field Daycare Center.

According to a release, Washington County’s State Attorney’s office said on Monday, it will not file any criminal charges.

Vermont authorities say in February, 3-year-old Parker Berry of Hyde Park wandered away from Elephant in the Field, a day care center on Guptil Road in Waterbury. 

Police say when family members arrived later in the afternoon at the center to pick him up, staff members noticed the toddler was missing. They said he had been outside with staff and other kids earlier in the day.

Vermont State Police say the boy’s body, was pulled from Thatcher Brook at about 4 p.m. on February 11. He died as a result of drowning and cold water submersion, according to Vermont’s chief medical examiner.

“Based on evidence and information that we have received and reviewed up to now, I do not anticipate criminal charges being filed. I have determined that none of the actions or inactions of adults involved with this terribly sad incident qualify as demonstrating a criminal mental state, including criminal recklessness or negligence,” said State Attorney Scott Williams.

“I am aware that Department of Children and Families has carried out its duties relative to child safety and made regulatory and licensing findings and taken action based on those findings. I will have no comment on any civil process that may have occurred,” added Williams.

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