Day care operator charged in death of baby

January 21, 2008 5:57:49 AM PST
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is investigating a 30-year day care operator who has been charged in the shaking death of a five-month-old baby. Chicago police say Sharon Maton faces first-degree murder in the death Milak Cooley. She is being held in lieu of $1 million bail today.

Prosecutors say Maton was taking care of Cooley and his older brother in her home day-care on Friday.

A Cook County Assistant State's Attorney says the baby started to cry and Morton allegedly shook him for over a minute to get him to stop.

The baby was pronounced dead Saturday at Mt. Sinai Hospital. An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow.

Moton has operated a licensed day care out of her home since 2006.