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Home day-care center operator charged in girl’s death

March 8, 1997

WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) _ The operator of a home day-care center was arrested on manslaughter charges Friday after an autopsy showed a 2-year-old girl in her care died of a blow to the head.

``The type of force needed to produce this type of injury could not have come from a passive fall,″ Police Capt. Tim Triggs said Friday.

Kathy Green, 54, was the only person caring for little Raegan McBride at the time of the fatal blow, Triggs said.

She called 911 that afternoon to say the girl had suffered a seizure. She wasn’t breathing when help arrived, and was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Green’s husband said his wife has cared for children for the past seven years, and is not guilty.

``She wouldn’t hurt a fly,″ Walter Green said. ``This is devastating.″

In addition to running the day-care center, Mrs. Green cared for three foster children and had a fourth in the home temporarily at the time of the death, state welfare officials said. The other children were removed.

She was held on $200,000 bond pending her arraignment on Monday.

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