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Millsboro Daycare Provider Pleads Not Guilty for Murder of 10-Month Old Infant

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 GEORGETOWN, Del. -- The owner of a daycare center in Millsboro who was indicted for murder last week pled not guilty at arraignment Tuesday.

Valorie Handy, 51, appeared before a judge at the Sussex County Courthouse in Georgetown Tuesday afternoon. Her lawyer Robert Robinson says they plan on filing a motion to reduce the 100-thousand dollar cash bond. 

Handy's family members attended the arraignment as did at least one family member of the victim. The victim was a 10-month old baby who died at "Handy's Little Disciples" daycare back in January.

Handy's lawyer is also representing Detoshia Spence of Laurel who was also indicted last week for the murder of her three-year old daughter in April. 

Both Handy and Spence are due back in court on September 8 in Sussex County.

Police said Handy's indictment and subsequent arrest stemmed from an incident that occurred Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 28, 2015. On that date, troopers were dispatched to Handy's "Little Disciples" day care, located at 28194 Layton-Davis Road, after a 9-1-1 call was received from the home stating a 10-month-old boy was unresponsive. Police said a preliminary investigation suggests a day care worker attempted to wake the boy from a nap, and upon doing so, observed the infant unresponsive.  The child was transported by EMS to Beebe Healthcare in Lewes where he was eventually pronounced dead. 

Police said the child's death was ruled a homicide. 

Following her arrest, Handy was ordered held in the Delores J. Baylor Women's Correctional Institution in default of $100,000 cash bond. 

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