Written by Staff Writer
(CNN) — A Colorado woman will serve a prison sentence after she was convicted of causing the death of a toddler when she hid the child in the ceiling of a day care center with 6-year-old siblings she had left at home.
Kimberly Sue Cannon was sentenced Tuesday to three years, six months in prison, the Aurora Sentinel reported. She will also receive three years of probation and be subject to mental health and substance abuse treatment.
Cannon, 56, was charged with criminally negligent homicide after the death of Roberto Corona, her roommate’s son.
On December 27, 2013, Cannon left Corona and his siblings at home while she went to work at the child care center, according to an arrest affidavit. That morning, the three children were described as acting “like normal children” by Cannon. Later that afternoon, Corona’s mother brought him into the child care center, where he was found unconscious in his crib with a brain injury and blanket burns all over his body. Corona died in a nearby hospital.
At the time of Corona’s death, Cannon had been living in the basement of a home with its own small day care, and Corona was enrolled in that program, according to the affidavit.
Police were investigating the case as a homicide, and Cannon’s arrest warrant stated that she left a one-year-old girl unattended for some time before leaving for work. The girl had been burned with a blanket, and her injuries were not connected to the other children, according to the warrant.
Cannon told investigators she had left the child at home but that she didn’t realize how much time she had been gone until after she went to work and when she was not at the day care center, according to an arrest affidavit.
Cannon agreed to go to a hospital after seeing Corona’s parents and having a conversation with them about their son’s injuries, she told police.
Before her arrest, Cannon was living with Corona and his grandparents and others to help care for several children from the Corona family as part of an arrangement she made with a family member, according to the arrest affidavit.
CNN has reached out to Cannon’s defense attorney for comment.