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Posted on: June 22, 2022

WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO CAUSING BABY’S DEATH AT UNLICENSED DAYCARE FACILITY IN UPPER SOUTHAMPTON

Lauren Landgrebe

An Upper Southampton Township woman admitted on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, to causing the asphyxiation death of an 11-month-old girl at an illegal daycare facility the woman ran out of her home. 

Lauren Elizabeth Landgrebe, 50, of the 1500 block of Rosebud Road, pleaded guilty before President Judge Wallace H. Bateman Jr., to felony counts of involuntary manslaughter, endangering welfare of children, operating a daycare facility without a license and tampering with evidence. 

The baby died Aug. 27, 2019, from asphyxiation by strangulation after being placed incorrectly in a car seat and left unattended for about two hours. The baby was one of eight children in Landgrebe’s care that day. 

Landgrebe also pleaded no contest to a count of receiving stolen property stemming from the theft of Social Security Disability funds, which detectives discovered while investigating the child’s death.

Sentencing was deferred for 20 days. Several relatives attended Monday’s hearing and two read victim impact statements with the baby’s great aunt saying that Landgrebe’s “bad, selfish actions has affected every branch of our family tree.”

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