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Posted at 04:57 PM ET, 10/18/2012

Day-care owner expected to plead guilty in case involving Bristow home day care where infant died

An earlier version of this post gave an incorrect age for Teagan Sample. This version has been corrected.

A woman who prosecutors say ran an illegal day care in Bristow where an infant girl died this year is expected to plead guilty next week to some of the charges she faces, her lawyer said in Prince William County Circuit Court on Thursday.

Rocio del Pilar Chavez Pacheco, 37, and her husband Joan Carlo Barra, 38, have each been charged with five counts of reckless endangerment of a minor child and four counts of false pretenses, according to court documents. The couple had allegedly marketed their home day care, Little Angels of the World Inc., in the 13200 block of Sapphire Ridge Place, as a day care that offered individualized attention and a small-group setting, according to court documents and prosecutors.

They did not tell parents, prosecutors say, that the day care was unlicensed and caring for large amounts of children.

In March, Prince William police responded to a 911 call about an unresponsive infant – 3-month-old Teagan Sample of Bristow. The baby could not be revived and was later pronounced dead, police say.

While authorities do not believe that the death of the infant is directly related to lack of care, police charged caretakers and the day care’s owners, Chavez Pacheco and Barra, with neglecting the children because five of the children were under 12 months of age. Children that age should have been provided greater care and attention, police said, and the day care had also not obtained the proper licensing from the state.

The state Department of Social Services has declined to pursue its own case in the matter, prosecutors said.

When police arrived, Barra and Chavez Pacheco were not home. Yolanda Larin and Mirna Mendez were, however, the two designated caretakers at the home, police say. The caretakers were also charged with five counts of child endangerment.

Chavez Pacheco is expected to plead guilty to two counts of reckless endangerment and two counts of false pretenses Monday, according to prosecutors and her lawyer’s statement in Prince William County Circuit Court on Thursday. Those charges carry a maximum penalty of 50 years in prison.

As part of the plea deal, prosecutors said they would drop the remainder of Chavez Pacheco’s charges.

Barra still faces both sets of charges. He will be tried on the reckless endangerment charges starting Monday, but court proceedings on charges relating to whether Little Angels was improperly marketed to area parents have been moved to June 10-12.

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