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McAllister Defends Delay in Charges Against Daycare Provider

Orange City, IA (AP)–A prosecutor is defending his decision to wait for additional testing before deciding whether to bring murder charges against a northwest Iowa daycare provider who allegedly admitted to causing injuries that killed a 3-year-old girl.

Sioux County Attorney Coleman McAllister says he wants the state medical examiner to rule on Autumn Elgersma’s cause of death before deciding whether to charge Rochelle Sapp.

The medical examiner has requested additional testing by University of Iowa pathologists, which could take two weeks or longer.

Investigators say Sapp admitted to throwing Autumn to the floor while watching her in Orange City on Oct. 29. The girl was hospitalized with severe head trauma, and died days later.

Charges of willful injury and child endangerment were dismissed last week against Sapp, whose phone rang unanswered.