Autumn Elgersma died on Oct. 31 from head injuries she sustained after her daycare provider, Rochelle Lynn Sapp, 33, whoCute and sunny Autumn
angrily threw her to the floor because the child had refused to take off her coat.
She was injured in the home of Rochelle, who runs a daycare center at her home in 706 10th Street SE, in eastern Orange City, according to police.
Court documents say Sapp called the girl’s mother shortly after 9am on Oct 29 and told her Autumn had fallen down the stairs. Mrs Elgersma picked up her daughter immediately and brought her to the Orange City hospital where she was diagnosed with a head injury, according to KTIV.
The girl was airlifted to the Sanford Children’s Hospital in Sioux Falls in North Dakota where doctors discovered the child suffered a fractured skull and brain trauma.
Rochelle later admitted to Orange city Police chief Jim Pottebaum that she forcefully threw the child to the ground when the little girl did not take off her coat when asked. Autumn died from her head injuries after spending two days in the hospital.
Sapp was originally charged with Willful Injury and Child Endangerment Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury, charges which were elevated after Autumn passed away, reported KTIV.
Autumn’s parents, Philip and Jennifer Elgersma, issued a heartbreaking statement about their daughter on Nov. 1:
Our family is deeply saddened by the loss of our little girl. The prayers offered by others on our behalf are giving us the strength to get though this very difficult time. Autumn was a joy in our lives and we are blessed to have called her ours. We take comfort in the fact that she is now with her Savior, Jesus Christ. We ask for your continued thoughts and prayers for our family.
People who have anger issues or are not patient enough shouldn’t handle children. Children will always be children; throw tantrums at the least expected moment, cry over little situations etc one needs to be extremely patient with them, most especially the younger ones between 1-4years old. Hitting or rough handling of children should not even be thought of. There are other ways to make children listen to you or do what you want them to do.
Generally, let’s learn to control our anger. This woman’s momentary irritation and anger towards this child has led to her death. No matter how mean she might have been, if she was at all, she would never have wished her dead. In the end we are all responsible for our actions. One seconds of an act in anger without thinking could alter our lives forever!
Control your thoughts, Control your actions, Control your life! Not the other way round.