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Caregiver pleads guilty in child’s death

NEW BRUNSWICK — A caregiver of a six-month old boy who died under her care in 2015 is barred from operating a daycare after entering into a plea agreement reached with Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Carver, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey.

Marianne McIntyre-Caufield, 62, of the Iselin section of Woodbridge, appeared before Middlesex County Superior Court Judge Michael Toto, in New Brunswick, on Sept. 14 and pleaded guilty to one count of endangering the welfare of a child in the second degree for her negligence in the death of the infant.

Under a plea agreement, McIntyre-Caulfield was also admitted into the PreTrial Intervention Program for a period of three years. In addition, she is not allowed to have unsupervised contact with children under the age of 16 and is barred from operating a daycare.

PreTrial Intervention, or PTI, is a diversionary program typically offered to first-time offenders and upon successful completion of the program, all charges are dismissed, according to Carey.

McIntyre-Caulfield was charged on December 29, 2015, following an investigation by Detective Jorge Quesada of the Woodbridge Police Department and Detective Gregory Morris of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

During the investigation it was determined that the defendant was providing unlicensed child care services to as many as eight children in her Iselin home.

The woman noticed on December 1, 2015 that the 6-month-old boy was in distress, and called police at 4:47 p.m. The baby was taken to John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Edison and was pronounced dead a short time later.

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