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Canada Calgary dayhome operator admits to death of toddler left in car seat in closet for hours

01:55  17 april  2018
01:55  17 april  2018 Source:   globalnews.ca

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A heartbroken Calgary family has finally learned how their young daughter died while in the care of an unlicensed dayhome , after the owner decided at the last minute Simons then placed Ceira in the car seat inside in a closet , alone, and left the house for five hours , stopping in at Walmart and McDonalds.

Related. Calgary dayhome operator to stand trial for 2015 death of toddler Ceira McGrath. “There was nothing preventing Ceira from sliding down the car seat .” Simons also admitted she lied to authorities about the circumstances surrounding Ceira’s death .

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There’s been a last-minute guilty plea from a Calgary dayhome operator charged in the death of a toddler in her care.

The trial for Elmarie Simons was supposed to begin Monday. Simons was accused of criminal negligence causing death in November 2015.

Instead, she admitted responsibility for the death of Ceira Lynn McGrath.

READ MORE: Charges laid against woman in death of child at Calgary dayhome

According to an agreed statement of facts read in court, Simons put Ceira in a car seat and left her in a closet for more than five hours — leaving the home completely to go to Walmart and McDonald's.

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Asphyxiation caused by car seat strap. In November 2015, Simons left the toddler alone in a car seat in a dark closet for five hours to run errands at Walmart and McDonald's. Toddler died after being left alone in car seat for 5 hours by dayhome operator , court hears.

The twin brother of a Calgary toddler who died after being left alone in a car seat in a closet for Elmarie Simons is expected to be sentenced next week in the toddler 's death . (CTV Calgary ). Toddler died after being left alone in car seat for 5 hours by dayhome operator , court hears.

Ciera died from asphyxiation caused by the car seat strap.

Court heard the child seat was too small for Ceira.

“Given Ceira’s size, it would be impossible for Simons to properly buckle Ceira into the car seat,” reads the agreed statement of facts.

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An unlicensed day home operator in Calgary has been sentenced to 3½ years in prison for the death of a toddler left alone in a car seat in a closet for five hours . Elmarie Simons, 59, who pleaded guilty to criminal negligence causing death earlier this month, was sentenced Tuesday in provincial court.

The parents of a little girl who died in the care of a Calgary dayhome operator broke down as they described the magnitude of their loss in court on Monday. READ MORE: Calgary dayhome operator admits to death of toddler left in car seat in closet for hours .

Simons admitted she buckled the little girl in with the chest strap but not the crotch straps.

“There was nothing preventing Ceira from sliding down the car seat.”

Simons also admitted she lied to authorities about the circumstances surrounding Ceira’s death.

Simons babysat Ciera and her twin brother at her unlicensed Silverado dayhome, Elmy’s Daycare.

“Simons showed wanton or reckless disregard for her duty to Ceira when she used the car seat for a purpose for which it was not designed...and when she left Ceira in the car seat unattended in the closet,” court heard from the agreed statement of facts.

"Simons' breach of her duty caused Ceira's death."

Simons remains out on bail.

A sentencing hearing is being scheduled for next week, when at least two victim impact statements are expected to be read.

More to come.

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