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Illinois daycare worker charged in toddler death

A woman from Carpentersville, Illinois has been charged with the death of a 16-month-old, who police say died after she threw the child to the ground.

The boy was taken to the hospital, where he later died. An autopsy concluded the cause of death to be blunt force trauma to the head, police said.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family,” Lincolnshire Police Chief Randy Melvin said. “This is obviously a very tragic event.”

[Melissa] Calusinski, who had worked as a teacher’s assistant at the center for less than a year, was being held in lieu of $5 million bail Saturday at the Lake County jail. She is scheduled to appear in Lake County court Thursday.

Detective Adam Hyde said Calusinski told police she was having issues with some of the other children. She told police “she just lost her temper” and threw Benjamin to the ground, Hyde said.

Calusinski originally told investigators other stories, Hyde said, until she finally admitted to causing the head trauma.