Tragedy strikes at Michigan daycare: 8-year-old accused of killing toddler

Police say that an 8 year-old-girl killed a toddler at a Muskegon, Michigan, home daycare center. The 1-year-old’s body was found hidden in a bedroom in the home on Friday.

MLive reports that the incident occurred at Keysha Keepers Daycare off of 700 block of Catherine Street, after mom, Bryanna Reasonover, dropped her 1-year-old son and two other children off at the home daycare on Thursday night. When Reasonover returned early Friday morning to pick up her children, she found her toddler in a Pack ‘n Play, unresponsive.

Reasonover told Fox 17 that she noticed bite marks and bruises all over the baby. Someone called 911 at around 6:55 a.m.

“When his face rolled over he had all these bruises on the side of his face. And that’ when I said, ‘What’s wrong with my baby’s face?””

Muskegon Police Chief Jeffrey Lewis, who reported that the child passed away after being transported to a hospital, said that the primary suspect was an 8-year-old girl who was at the daycare center when the toddler was killed. Lewis admitted it’s something he’s never seen before.

“I thought I saw everything. This one floors me. I can hardly get a grip on it.”

It’s still unclear how the 8-year-old allegedly killed the toddler, but Lewis indicated that she knew she did something wrong, and tried to hide the 1-year-old.

“This person that was involved in the death probably felt something was wrong. If you’re a child and break something, you try to hide it.”

Lewis also said that incident occurred after daycare workers left the children unsupervised for at least a few hours. Detectives are currently investigating the 24-hour home daycare center, which allows up to 12 children at a time.

The 8-year-old was taken to Mercy Health Partners Hackley Campus for a mental evaluation. Her parents are reportedly discussing the issue with physicians and seeking advice on where to place the child, whether it be a foster home, with family, or “some other setting.”

Meanwhile, Reasonover is looking for answers while trying to come to grips with the loss of her little boy.

“It’s very frustrating to not know what happened, to know he was suffering when all he probably wanted was his mommy.”

The story is still developing. Check back with Crime Online as more information becomes available.

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