A Carpentersville woman pleaded not guilty Wednesday to involuntary manslaughter charges in the death of an infant at her unlicensed day care.
Deanna Williams, 44, was arraigned in Kane County Circuit Court in front of Judge T. Jordan Gallagher. She faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of involuntary manslaughter and four counts of endangering the life or health of a child.
Authorities say Williams unintentionally killed Sparsh Dhar of Carpentersville on April 22, when the 8-month-old boy overheated while he was left alone under a blanket for five hours. The infant's parents said they believed Williams was a licensed day care provider.
The mother of two remains in the county jail on a $100,000 bond. Her attorney declined to comment.
According to court records, this is not Williams' first run-in with the law.
On Jan. 14, 2006, she was charged with aggravated battery and resisting police after officers responded to a domestic situation at her home on the 3800 block of Parsons Road.
Carpentersville Police Cmdr. Tim Bosshart said Williams closed a garage door on a police sergeant three times, striking him twice in the head and shoulder. She then kicked the sergeant in the groin and struggled as she was being arrested, according to a police report.
The Department of Children and Family Services said Williams was denied licensing in 1996 for in-home child care, and the department later investigated two allegations of inadequate supervision at her home. She pleaded guilty to resisting arrest in the 2006 domestic incident and was sentenced to 12 months of conditional discharge.
Williams is due back in court Dec. 16.