Maryland Daycare Operator Charged in Infant’s Murder

The owner of a Maryland daycare center was charged with second-degree murder and two counts of first-degree child abuse yesterday in the violent death of an infant left in his care, PEOPLE confirms.

Kavi Divband, 35, is the owner of Little Dreamers, a daycare center in Rockville, Maryland.

According to police, Divband allegedly told emergency personnel that the 6-month-old suddenly began to choke and vomit after drinking three ounces of breast milk from a bottle. Divband allegedly said he took her to the bathroom to clean her face and noticed she was unresponsive and turning blue, police said.

Divband tried to perform CPR and Divband’s wife called 911, police said. When the infant was taken to the hospital, doctors allegedly noted multiple bruises and injuries on her head and body, police said. She was flown to Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where doctors allegedly noted more injuries including retinal hemorrhages and fractures.

The infant died in the hospital three days after the incident, police said.

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The infant’s parents, who have not spoken publicly, supplied police with photos of the child allegedly showing she had no bruises or injuries the night before they took her to Little Dreamers, police confirmed to PEOPLE.

An autopsy performed on Sunday, April 24 by the District of Columbia’s Office of the Medical Center, ruled the death a homicide caused by multiple blunt-force injuries.

It was unknown as of press time whether Divband has entered a plea. His attorney, Terrance McGann, did not return PEOPLE’s calls.

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