A Cheyenne daycare operator is facing up to 20 years in prison after a Laramie County jury on Monday found her guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the swaddling death of an 8-month-old girl.

Court records say the baby was at Kristina Croy's daycare "It's a Child's World They Matter" on Sept. 25, 2019, when Croy put her in a "little sleeper" -- a swaddle device -- and put her down for a nap.

Approximately 50 minutes later, Croy said she noticed the baby had rolled over and wasn't breathing.

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She yelled at her 18-year-old daughter to call 911, and the baby was rushed to Cheyenne Regional Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.

Croy told police that she tells all parents that she must use a "swaddler" for "SIDS" prevention and that the baby's mother knew she used it.

During an Oct. 17 interview, the baby's mother told police that Croy knew the baby was mobile as "they had her sitting on the floor," and playing with other kids.

She said she instructed Croy that her baby was was not to be swaddled at naps and believed her daughter would still be alive had she not been at daycare that day.

On Nov. 20, police received the autopsy report, which revealed the baby died from "positional asphyxia."

Croy's sentencing date will be set as soon as a presentence investigation is complete.


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