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Police charge babysitter in tot's July death
By Terry Davidson ,Toronto Sun
First posted: Friday, January 10, 2014 08:29 PM EST
The babysitter of a toddler who was found lifeless in a bathtub in North York last summer has been charged in the tot’s death, Toronto Police said Friday.


Police and paramedics found a two-year-old girl with no vital signs when they were called to a low-rise residential building at 801 Sheppard Ave. W., near Bathurst St. last July 4.


Little Allison Tucker was rushed to hospital, where she was pronounced dead.


Maria Sosa, 34, of Toronto, who was caring for Tucker that day, was arrested Friday and charged with manslaughter.


“Allison was dropped off by a parent to be taken care of,” said Toronto Police Const. Sara Diamond, who would not provide any additional information regarding the case.


Police have not said if Allison drowned or died some other way but an investigator said in July that “she was being taken care of by the babysitter who found her vomiting in the tub.”


Sosa was reportedly running an unlicensed daycare and was looking after her two young sons at the time she was babysitting Tucker. She is due to appear in Old City Hall court on Saturday.


The issue of unlicensed daycares became front-page news last summer following the death of a toddler in a Vaughan home. It came to light later that the Ministry of Education, which regulates daycares, did not properly follow up on other complaints that had been made about that daycare.


It resulted in the suspension of two ministry employes and a $3.5 million lawsuit launched by the child’s parents against both the ministry and the daycare’s operators.


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