Two years after an infant died while attending her home daycare in Kyle, Texas, daycare owner Christina Lyons was sentenced to life in prison for capital murder.
According to local Texas news sources, 10-week-old Benjamin Spencer was rushed to Dell Children’s Medical Center in November 2010 with severe head trauma. He died of a skull fracture that doctors and experts agreed did not come from a fall injury, but rather from being slammed against a hard surface by an adult.
The baby had been in the care of the Little Lyons Cub Daycare Center at the time of the Texas daycare accident and injury. Lyons claimed that she was smoking a cigarette outside or using the restroom when the child was injured. She told police that she left the child with five other children in the room on a couch above a wooden floor and that when she re-entered the room, he was on the floor and injured. She thought that perhaps he had fallen from the couch or that a four-year-old in the daycare had injured him. Investigators did not believe that his injuries, which included severe head and rib injuries, were consistent with either theory.
She tried to contact the family of the baby before calling 911. The first responders to the scene reported that the baby had a swollen head, was unresponsive, and needed assistance breathing.
Her at-home daycare had been in operation for almost a year and had not had any violations before this deadly incident. The daycare is now closed.
The Texas injury attorneys at Rasanasky Law Firm offer our sincere condolences to the family of Benjamin Spencer.