Delaware Woman Learns Fate in Death of Boy, 10, at Home Day Care

A Millsboro woman has been sentenced to 2½ years in prison for the death of a 10-month-old boy at her home day care.

Fifty-two-year-old Valorie Handy, who faced a maximum eight-year sentence, also was ordered Friday to six months home confinement after being released from prison.

Troopers were called to the Handy's Little Disciples day care in January 2015 after a worker found the baby unresponsive when trying to wake him from a nap. The boy was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Handy was charged with murder by abuse or neglect. She was convicted last month on the lesser charge of criminally negligent homicide.

Prosecutors said Handy gave the boy diphenhydramine, the active ingredient in Benadryl.

The medical examiner classified the boy's death as a homicide from diphenhydramine intoxication.

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