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Day Care Operator Charged in Death of Child in Her Care

August 18, 1989

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The operator of a day care center where a 3-year-old girl died after being left alone inside a car on a hot afternoon was charged Thursday with risk of injury to children.

Bloomfield Police Chief Anthony Magno said Carrie Allison, 57, was arrested on a Hartford Superior Court warrant charging her with the felony, which carries a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a $500 fine.

Allison was charged in the death of Ebony Skinner of East Windsor, whose body was found Aug. 4 in a parked car outside the day care center Allison operated from her home

Temperatures rose into the middle-90s and humidity was high and all the windows in the car were rolled up, police said.

The state medical examiner’s office said Ebony died of hyperthermia, a condition in which a person loses the ability to sweat and thereby control body temperature.

Police suspect Ebony was left in the car for as long as 3 1/2 hours after a noontime trip to a shopping center or that she climbed into the car later in the afternoon. Her body was found about 4 p.m. in Allison’s late model Cadillac by a parent who was coming to pick up her child.

Magno said Allison was released on $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Superior Court in West Hartford on Sept. 5.

She has not been available for comment since Ebony’s death, and did not return a telephone call left on her answering machine Thursday.

Ebony’s death was the first fatality recorded in the 38 years the state has been regulating family day care, said Donna Jolly, spokeswoman for the Department of Human Resources.

The day after the girl died, the department revoked Allison’s registration as a ″family day care home.″

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