Eugene woman facing charges in death of 9-month-old

Nicole Sumpter, 27, faces charges of second-degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, first-degree criminal mistreatment and tampering with evidence.

Posted: Jul 23, 2019 1:56 PM
Updated: Jul 23, 2019 3:57 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A Eugene woman is in the Lane County Jail in connection with the death of a baby in August 2018.

Nicole Sumpter, 27, faces charges of criminally negligent homicide, first-degree criminal mistreatment, tampering with evidence and two counts of second-degree manslaughter. 

The Eugene Police Department said that on Aug. 22, 2018, they received a report of an unconscious 9-month-old at Little Big Blessings day care in the 600 block of Sierra Street at about 2:30 p.m.

Police said William Cannon, 9 months old, was taken to a local hospital and died two days later on Aug. 24 at a Portland hospital. 

The day care closed on Aug. 23, 2018, and has not reopened.

Police said Sumpter was charged on Monday after a long investigation. They said she was arrested at her home at about 6:30 p.m. and taken to the jail.

In March, Portland law firm Rizk Law announced it was investigating the death of the child.

Rizk Law said that the boy’s death was not made public until March of this year and that Gov. Kate Brown’s Office cited the ongoing investigation as the reason the information was not released.

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