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Police charge day-care owner with homicide by child abuse of 10 month old

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 9th, 2009

A South Carolina day-care owner is charged with homicide by child abuse in the death of a 10-month-old boy.

Willie Edward Ritter, 63, owner of the W.E. Ritter Center for Early Childhood Development, unintentionally left Javon Simpson in a day-care van for about seven hours, authorities said.

Javon died of hyperthermia, commonly known as heat stroke, according to the local coroner.