Death of Carrington Infant at Unlicensed Daycare Results in Murder Charge

After an investigation by the Carrington Police Department and with assistance of the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation (ND BCI) and Buffalo Bridges Human Service Zone, on January 30, 2023, the Defendant, Patricia Wick, was arrested. Patricia Wick is charged with
Murder, a Class AA Felony, related to the death of an infant in her care, and Abuse of a Child, a Class B Felony, related to the injury of another child, and Operating a family childcare home without a license when required, a Class B Misdemeanor, related to being an unlicensed daycare
provider in the City of Carrington, Foster County, North Dakota.

On September 26, 2022, the Carrington Ambulance and Carrington Police Department responded to an in-home daycare in Carrington, North Dakota on the report of an unresponsive 5 month old baby. The baby was air flighted to Sanford Hospital in Fargo, North Dakota where the baby later died as a result of his injuries.

During the investigation, Carrington Police Department, North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Buffalo Bridges Human Service Zone learned of a 6-year-old child that had been injured in the care of Patricia Wick in early September, 2022 and that she operated a home daycare
with more than 5 children without a license.

On January 30, 2023, an initial hearing and a bail hearing were conducted via Zoom by the Honorable Judge James D. Hovey with appearances by the Foster County State’s Attorney Kara E. Brinster, and the Defendant, Patricia Wick, representing herself. Honorable Judge Hovey set bail at $500,000 cash, surety or 10% and no contact with the victim’s families.

This is an ongoing investigation, and if anyone has additional information regarding the incident, please contact the Carrington Police Department at (701) 652-3321.

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