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Reactions to former daycare provider sentenced to 10 days in jail

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A Sioux Falls woman will spend ten days in jail for a 2011 death in her home daycare.

Four-month-old Meredith Ulmer died while in Connie Edwards' care.

Her daycare license was revoked after investigators found that she had more children in her care than legally allowed.

Edwards entered a plea deal with the state earlier this year - which means she admitted guilt to neglect charges, but could only spend 10 days in jail.

Monday, Meredith's mother, Megan Ulmer spoke at Edwards' sentencing trial.

She says she is still heart broken over the loss of her little girl.

"Your honor, no matter what you decide, I won't walk out of this room whole. My life won't be the same as before Meredith died," said Ulmer.

Edwards also spoke at her sentencing.

Saying she had been working in daycare for almost 25 years and that it is like her ministry.

"These families, they're not just daycare, they're my families. They've been with me a long time," said Edwards.

Edwards was sentenced to ten days in jail for contributing to the neglect of a child.

But it was after the hearing that things started to heat up.

Edwards' husband, Dennis, accused Minnehaha County States Attorney Aaron McGowan of lying and the police of planting evidence.

"Aaron McGowan and Officer Martin Hoffman, lied to the public for over three years. And because of that, a public outrage was created that villainized my wife," said Dennis Edwards.

McGowan ignored these accusations and said although there was an error made about the ages of the children at Edwards' home, the facts, from unregistered teenagers caring for 15 children and where Meredith was when she died, are unchallenged.

"She had twice the number of kids in her care allowed by city ordinance. So those are the undisputed facts, a horrible tragedy for this family, it potentially could have been prevented by proper supervision," said McGowan.

In addition to the 10 days Connie Edwards will spend in jail, she can never be a part of a daycare again for the rest of her life.
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