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Enfield Day Care Operator Sentenced to Prison

An update on a story we’ve been following for some time now, as an Enfield day care operator found guilty in the wrongful death of a child under her care was sentenced Tuesday to four months in state prison.

Mary Ellen Burritt received a three-year prison sentence, with all but four months being suspended, and ordered to pay a little more than $100,000 dollars for medical and funeral expenses to the family of Willa Clark. Clark – who was four years old at the time of the March 2014 incident – died at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center two days after she was found choking while hanging from her parka in Burritt’s backyard.

The at-home daycare was not licensed at the time of the incident, and Willa’s mother – Cara Clark – testified that she assumed it was when she was deciding to utilize the service.

Jurors found Burritt guilty of three misdemeanors in November, including one count of reckless conduct, and two counts of operating an unlicensed day care.

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