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Owner of Poconos day care where baby died to serve 9-23 months in jail

STROUDSBURG, Pa. - The former owner of a Poconos day care where a 3-month-old baby died almost two years ago has been sentenced to nine to 23 months in prison.

Deborah Thompson, 54, pleaded guilty in Monroe County Court to two counts of child welfare endangerment.

She was charged following the November 2012 death of Jasaan Feliciano of East Stroudsburg, which was attributed to ``sudden unexplained death in infancy.''

After the death, state officials revoked Thompson's day care license, citing multiple violations such as an unprotected heater and a carpet littered with choking hazards.

Defense attorney Brett Riegel said overwhelming professional and personal obligations made it difficult for Thompson to address the violations, none of which contributed in any way to the child's death

According to court documents, the three-month-old was found dead on November 29, 2012 at the Deborah Terry-Thompson Daycare Center located on Jaime Court in Stroud Township.

Court documents say the baby was placed to sleep on a "cluttered adult sleep surface with a large comforter and that other dangerous conditions were found within that daycare establishment."

The baby "was found by responders to be cold to the touch indicating a substantial amount of time had lapsed after his death and further that he was found coated in a milky vomitous substance on his person and on the surrounding comforter," court documents say.

Thompson provided five conflicting stories and details of how she placed the baby to sleep and the amount of time that passed before she checked on him, according to court documents.

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