Two Charlotte daycare workers charged after infant death

Arrest in daycare death
Shanita Wright and Stephanie Johnson (Mecklenburg County Jail)
Shanita Wright and Stephanie Johnson (Mecklenburg County Jail)
Logan Bryant
Logan Bryant

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Two former daycare workers have now been charged in connection to an infant who died while in their care at a Charlotte daycare last June.

Shanita Wright and Stephanie Johnson are both charged with contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, according to the Mecklenburg County Jail.

Last November, WBTV investigated the case of Logan Bryant. He was just four months old, and he died while in the care of Chesterbrook Academy off Mallard Creek Road in north Charlotte.

Police were called to the daycare on June 10, 2013, around 2:31 p.m. Officers found an infant "unresponsive" and the baby was later pronounced dead.

During the investigation the Medical Examiner's Office determined the infant's cause of death was SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).

His parents have always questioned that ruling, especially since his autopsy says paramedics discovered Logan on his stomach, a direct violation of North Carolina law.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police and the district attorney's office are involved.

"The investigation concluded that Ms. Johnson and Ms. Wright handled infants in a rough manner, slept and failed to supervise the infants, were inattentive when the children were in their care and failed to routinely check on the welfare of the children," police told WBTV.

They were both arrested on Wednesday night.

"I hope they realize the impact they've had on my family. Me losing a son. My older son losing a brother, and my wife losing a son," said Logan's father, T.J. Bryant.

Four infants were identified as victims, including baby Logan.

Johnson was charged with four counts of contributing to the delinquency and neglect of a juvenile and Wright was charged with three counts of contributing to the delinquency and neglect of a juvenile.

The Medical Examiner concluded that the suspects behavior did not play a role in the infant's death.

The parents of the four victims have been notified of the circumstances and detectives have not identified any additional victims.

Logan died on June 10, and the state placed Chesterbrook Academy on a probationary license for one year beginning on November 22, the same day WBTV's aired the first investigation.

On Thursday morning, officials from corporate sent WBTV a statement about the arrests.

"Our hearts are heavy and our thoughts continue to remain with the family since the tragic loss of one of our children in June of 2013. The safety and well-being of our children are our highest priorities, and we take very seriously our obligation to comply with all childcare licensing regulations as outlined by the State of North Carolina," the company told WBTV.

"While we have not been provided with any information regarding the recent arrests, we can confirm that the two women involved are no longer under our employ."

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