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Charlotte woman charged in running illegal daycare after infant dies

White (Source: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department) White (Source: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department)

A Charlotte woman is accused in the running of an illegal daycare that is tied to an infant's death. 

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say 53-year-old Aqunietta White was arrested Tuesday in a 2016 case where an infant died of suffocation.

Police were called to an unresponsive infant the morning of Oct. 20, 2016, in the 5800 block of Green Street. Police say when they arrived, a two-month-old was found unresponsive in a crib. The baby went to Carolinas Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. 

The Medical Examiner's Office later determined the baby died of suffocation. 

At the time, no one was charged. The Department of Child Development and Early Education launched an investigation into the daycare, and determined that White "willfully operated the daycare in violation of the law."

White was arrested Tuesday and taken to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office. 

This comes as a shock to neighbors who lived near White. Donte Ford describes his neighbor as an upstanding citizen.

"She's active in the community...outstanding, church-going, family-orientated, a beautiful woman over all," Ford said.

Ford says he would trust his children with White again. "Can you help me if you can please with my children? My son and my daughter," Ford said. 

Paul Rucker has lived next door to the daycare center for the past five years.

"They've been this as long as I've known them and never had a problem. I see the kids playing out in the yard," Rucker said. 

However, police have a different narrative saying state inspectors found violations that date back to 2013. 

Captain Roz Magilone works in the department that investigates crimes against children. "They found 16 children in the home. So at that point they were an unlicensed daycare," Magilone said. 

White made her first court appearance Wednesday and opted for a public defender.

Meanwhile, the website for the sheriff's office states White was booked for providing child care without a license. White is expected to be back in court July 31. 

Anyone with additional information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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