Daycare provider held on $2M bail in child’s death

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SAN DIEGO — The former operator of a Clairemont daycare facility, accused in the 2012 death of a baby, pleaded not guilty to murder and assault charges Monday.

James Patrick Nemeth, 38, of San Diego, is being charged in the death of 11-month-old Louis Michael Oliver.   The baby boy died while in Nemeth’s care.

“James Nemeth was arraigned [Monday] on a two count complaint. He is charged with assault on a child resulting in death and murder,” said Deputy District attorney, Nicole Rooney.

On May 23, 2012, police officers were called to “San Diego Daycare,” in the 4300 block of Mount Davis Avenue and found the child unconscious, said Lt. Paul Rorrison of the San Diego Police Department’s Homicide Unit.

Oliver was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead the following morning, said Rorrison

An autopsy performed three months after the incident revealed the child had traumatic injuries to his head and spine, which is consistent with shaken baby syndrome.

Nemeth was arrested last Thursday and is being held on $2 million bail. It is unclear why it took nearly two years to arrest Nemeth.

A preliminary hearing is set for November 17. Nemeth faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted.

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