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Carpentersville babysitter indicted in infant's death
By Josh Stockinger | Daily Herald Staff

Deanna L. Williams

 

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Published: 11/2/2009 2:26 PM | Updated: 11/2/2009 3:32 PM

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A Carpentersville baby sitter has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of an infant who was left under a blanket for five hours, prosecutors said Monday.

A Kane County grand jury Friday indicted Deanna L. Williams, 44, on a charge of involuntary manslaughter and two felony and misdemeanor counts each of endangering the life or health of a child.

Williams, of the 3800 block of Parsons Road, is accused in the April 22 death of 8-month-old Sparsh Dhar of Carpentersville, who died of hyperthermia after police say he was left alone in a car seat that was situated near a window and had a blanket covering the opening.

According to the indictment, Williams "unintentionally killed" the infant through reckless acts and by leaving him unattended. She faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

In July, a coroner's jury ruled the death a homicide after a police detective testified that Williams admitted to leaving the boy under the blanket for at least five hours, during which she left him and other children alone to drive her teenage daughter to and from track practice.

By the time Williams returned from her second trip around 4:30 p.m., police said, Sparsh was unresponsive, had turned blue and was registering a temperature of 106 degrees. He later died of hyperthermia at Provena St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin.

The infant's parents could not be reached for comment Monday. But father Sanjay Dhar said at the inquest that his son "was perfectly healthy" when he was dropped off at Williams' home about 8:30 a.m.

"Five hours and nobody cared to look how he was," he said. "We hope justice will be served."

According to inquest testimony from the Department of Child and Family Services, Williams was denied licensing for in-home child care in 1996 and, later that year, found to have provided "inadequate supervision" of three children left alone in her home for two hours. DCFS spokeman Jimmie Whitelow said Monday the department also had "indicated allegations" of abuse and neglect involving Williams in 1997 and in connection with Sparsh's death.

Williams remained in the Kane County jail Monday on a $100,000 bond. Her next court date is Nov. 5 in front of Associate Judge James C. Hallock.