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Mother: Others Also to Blame for Day Care Death

Posted August 18, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— The mother of a seven-year-old child charged in connection with a baby's death is finally speaking out. Cassandra Silver says the owner of the unlicensed daycare where the baby died is at fault, and not her son.

Silver also wants officers to investigate whether another child could be to blame.

Silver said her son doesn't understand what is happening.

Silver's seven year old faces a juvenile petition for voluntary manslaughter in 4-month-old Bailey Tippett's death. Bailey died in the unlicensed daycare run by Tracy Stidham.

"The father came over and talked to us and told us that Nicholas had been in the room with the baby and that he admitted to dropping the baby." said Stidham.

Stidham's interview with WRAL last week angered Cassandra Silver.

WRAL'sMark Robertstold Stidham what Silver had to say.

Silver also says Stidham's 12-year-old daughter shares the blame.

The truth in this case may remain sealed in the juvenile justice system.

The 7-year-old still lives across the street from the unlicensed day care. He attended school Monday and will enter counseling. Stidham has a court date next month.