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Grand Jury Charges Day Care Worker With Murder of Toddler

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A grand jury has charged a Bronx day care worker with three counts, including murder, in connection with the death of a 20-month-old boy.

The Bronx DA announced the upgraded charges against 40-year-old Athena Skeeter on Thursday.

Skeeter was previously charged with manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child.

According to the Bronx DA, Skeeter admitted to throwing 20-month-old Cardell Williamson to the floor of her College Avenue apartment and stepping on his stomach.

The Bronx DA says she then admitted to putting him in a tub of water.

According to the criminal complaint, Skeeter said, "I step out of the bathroom to put the chair outside...I turned around and Cardell was slumped over with his head in the water and steam was coming out of the water."

Cardell was later declared dead at a local hospital.

The city medical examiner ruled the boy's death a homicide, saying he died from blunt force trauma to the head and torso.

Cardell's father, Carlyle Williamson, said he wants to see a change in the system.

"I blame the city of New York for this, because if I had time, like, normal people will find out somebody to take care of their kid, well-provided and feel safe. Why do I have to be the one to go to work and find out that when they come home, that their child is gone by a certified child provider that the city OK'd and provided?" Carlyle Williamson said.

Funeral services for Cardell are planned for Saturday morning.

Skeeter was licensed by the state Department of Health and had been inspected by the city.

Officials say her next court appearance is scheduled for October 20 at Bronx Supreme Court.

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