Shirley Weber of Cresco was charged with Child Endangerment-Death, a felony, by the Howard County Attorney on May 11, from a June 28, 2022, incident that resulted in the death of an infant under her care at her home-based daycare.
According to testimony from Lt. David Godman of the Cresco Police Dept., “On June 28, 2022, Shirley Weber was providing daycare services to 10 children at her residence. She was not licensed through the state of Iowa. While Shirley Weber was providing daycare services on June 28, 2022, she placed a 16 month-old child in his car seat, while only buckling the top buckle, this ultimately caused the child to slip down in his car seat, causing him to be choked by the top buckle and caused his death. Shirley Weber failed to provide proper supervision which resulted in the death of the child.”
Immediately following the incident, the child was airlifted to Rochester, Minn., where he was treated, but died on July 1, 2022.
A warrant for Weber’s arrest was issued May 10, and served May 11. She was presented with the felony charge of Child Endangerment-Death, and released on a $25,000 bond to the Department of Correctional Services. Weber’s pretrial hearing is scheduled for May 31 at 11:30 a.m.
According to the Iowa Dept. of Human Services, a sole provider registered as a Child Development Home is allowed have no more than eight total children on premises without assistance.