The owner of a Burbank day-care center and one of her employees were arrested today on felony charges stemming from the death of an 11-month-old boy left in their care about a year ago.
Milena Nikodijevic, 51, and Wendy Roxana Oropeza, 21, are scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Pasadena Superior Court on one count each of involuntary manslaughter and child abuse.
The charges stem from the death of the 11-month-old boy, who was left at Nikodijevic’s in-home day-care facility, Twinkle Twinkle Little Stars, in the 200 block of Santa Anita Avenue on Feb. 1, 2012, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Oropeza, who worked for Nikodijevic, allegedly improperly secured the boy inside another child’s car seat inside the day-care facility.
The infant, identified in the criminal complaint only as “Adam D,” was asphyxiated by the chest strap after falling asleep in the car seat, according to the District Attorney’s Office, who alleges Nikodijevic had three times the number of children under the age of 2 in her car than allowed by her license.
She had been previously cited twice for having too many children under the age of 2 in her care, authorities said.
The two women were each jailed in lieu of $100,000 bail and face up to seven years in state prison of convicted, according to the District Attorney’s Office.