Daycare worker arrested, charged with murder in infant death

Published 5:28 pm Friday, March 29, 2024

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A Demopolis daycare worker has been arrested and charged with murder in the Monday death of an infant.

On March 25, at approximately 12:56 p.m., Demopolis Police Department and medical personnel from Amstar EMS responded to Tender Years Day Care located at 1001 Maria Avenue in reference to an unresponsive infant. After arriving on scene, Amstar personnel immediately began CPR and transported the infant to Whitfield Memorial Hospital.

Once the infant arrived at the hospital, emergency personnel continued life saving measures but was not successful. The infant was then pronounced dead and later transported to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for an autopsy.
On March 29, after reviewing video footage and speaking with personnel from the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences, a warrant for murder was obtained for the arrest of the daycare worker, Versa Mae Simmons, 68-year-old adult from Demopolis. She was arrested and transported to the Marengo County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.
This case remains an active investigation and no other information is available for release at this time.

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