ANITA — More information has been released in the case of an Anita woman, charged with first degree murder and child endangerment for the death of a child in her care in October.
Alison E. Dorsey, 36, of Anita, was charged in the death of an 11-week-old infant, identified as L.H., at a daycare she operates in Massena.
Dorsey was charged on Feb. 13 with murder in the first degree, a class A felony that carries a life in prison term, and child endangerment resulting in the death of a child, a special class B felony. That charge carries a maximum term of 50 years in prison if she was convicted.
The criminal complaints for those charges are public records, and included the narrative of what happened.
According to the complaints, on Oct. 7, L.H. was dropped off at a daycare owned and operated by Dorsey, in Massena. The infant’s parents, Nicholas and Kaitlin Hodges, said the infant was normal and healthy when he was dropped off at the daycare at about 7:48 a.m.
The father said he received a phone call from Dorsey just before 11 a.m. that day, to tell him that L.H. wasn’t breathing right and wouldn’t eat. Since he worked just a few blocks away from the daycare, he left work to go help feed L.H. He said Dorsey answered the door holding L.H. in her arms. Nicholas said that L.H. appeared grey and didn’t appear to be breathing. He immediately started CPR and told Dorsey to call 911. The infant was transferred to Children’s Hospital in Omaha.
It was discovered that the infant had severe brain hemorrhages, retinal hemorrhages and retinal tearing. He died as a result of the brain hemorrhaging on Oct. 8 at about 9:10 p.m. at Children’s Hospital in Omaha. Doctors there advised the injuries were consistant with “shaken baby syndrome,” and appeared to be the result of inflicted abusive head trauma, too severe to have been caused by a fall off a table, or by another child. With his injuries, he would not have been able to eat, or be attentive, after the injuries occurred.
On Oct. 7, Dorsey was the only adult providing care for L.H. at the daycare from 7:48 a.m. when he was dropped off, until his father arrived and Dorsey called 911 at 11:04 a.m.
Dorsey was being held in the Cass County Jail on $250,000 cash only bond.