Caregiver charged with murder after death of 3-year-old
Rochelle Sapp, 33
Autumn Elgersma, 3
SIOUX CITY (AP) -
A northwest Iowa day care provider has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a 3-year-old girl she was watching in October.
Sioux County Attorney Coleman McAllister says 33-year-old Rochelle Sapp was arrested Thursday after test results confirmed that the girl, Autumn Elgersma, died of blunt force trauma.
Sapp was initially charged with willful injury and child endangerment, but McAllister dropped those charges on Oct. 31 when Autumn died. He says it was important to wait for a ruling on the cause of death and other tests to determine the appropriate charges.
Sapp is being held on $250,000 bond. It's unclear if she has an attorney.
Sapp initially reported that Autumn had fallen but later said she threw her to the floor after becoming angry.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Saturday, April 19 2014 10:53 PM EDT2014-04-20 02:53:05 GMT
Authorities announced charges Friday against a man suspected in connection with about a dozen recent highway shootings that have wounded three people in the Kansas City area.More >>
After nearly a month of reports of gunshots being fired at vehicles and more than 100 tips, authorities announced charges Friday against a Kansas City-area man suspected in connection with about a dozen highway shootings...More >>
Saturday, April 19 2014 5:12 PM EDT2014-04-19 21:12:10 GMT
Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected - a distant, rocky world that's similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it's not too hot and...More >>
Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected - a distant, rocky world that's similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it's not too hot and not too...More >>
Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Sandy Youngblut at 319-291-1259. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at email@example.com.