Police ask parents of Handy’s Little Disciples attendees for help

Date Published: 
January 8, 2016

The Delaware State Police are continuing their investigation into the death of a 10-month-old male infant at Handy’s Little Disciples daycare in Millsboro on Jan. 28, 2015, and requesting to speak with parents whose children attended the facility.

On Jan. 28, 2015, a daycare worker at Handy’s Little Disciples daycare, located at 28194 Layton-Davis Road, called 911 around 2:15 p.m., after reportedly attempting to wake the infant from a nap and finding him to be unresponsive.

The daycare provider began infant CPR prior to EMS arriving at the facility. Following their arrival, the young child was transported by EMS to Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, where he was eventually pronounced dead.

At the time of the incident, police reported that there was no visible sign of injury or trauma to the infant.

Following an autopsy, the case was ruled a homicide, with the cause of death being medication overdose. Valorie Handy, 51, of Millsboro was indicted on July 27, 2015, by a grand jury on the charge of Murder by Abuse or Neglect 1st Degree.

“The deaths of children at the hands of those who are supposed to be caring for them are tragic and heartbreaking cases,” said Attorney General Matt Denn following Handy’s indictment.

After the original incident, Master Cpl. Gary Fournier, public information officer for the Delaware State Police, said he was unable to provide information as to whether or not the DSP or paramedics had been called to Handy’s Little Disciples prior to that incident.

The Attorney General’s Office and Delaware State Police Homicide Unit would like to speak with the parents or guardians of any children who have ever attended Handy’s Little Disciples. They should contact Detective J. King at (302) 698-8561 or Attorney General Investigator P. Fraley at (302) 856-5353.