Sioux County child dies, daycare provider could face additional charges
ABC9 News -- Orange City Police Chief, Jim Pottebaum, says daycare provider, Rochelle Sapp, could face additional charges, now that the three year-old girl she admits to throwing against the floor, has died.
The child passed away Thursday, around 5:40 PM.
An autopsy has been ordered. Those results are expected Saturday Afternoon.
On Oct. 29, officers with the Sioux Falls Police Department, the Orange City Police Department, and the Minnehaha County Sheriff's office responded to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls to investigate a report of possible child abuse.
Officers found a three-year-old Orange City girl with serious head injuries including a fractured skull and brain trauma. The Orange City Police Department requested the assistance of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation to further investigate the report of child abuse.
The Child's mother reported that the child received the injuries while in the care of her daycare provider, Rochelle Lynn Sapp, at the Sapp residence located at 706 10th Street SE in Orange City.
Sapp, 33, initially reported that the child's injuries occurred when the child fell down a flight of stairs; however, the investigation revealed that the child's injuries were not consistent with a fall down a flight of stairs. Upon being questioned, Sapp admitted that she caused the child's injuries by throwing the child to the floor.
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