SPRINGFIELD, Mo.--(05/17/2017) Samantha Renee Dillbeck, age 28, of Republic, Missouri has been charged with a class B felony of child abuse for causing abusive head trauma to an 8-month-old child at her in-home daycare on March 21, 2017.
Dillbeck was arrested at her home Wednesday afternoon. Dillbeck owned and operated M and M Daycare. The investigation began on March 21st. Investigators, medical professionals, and the Greene County Prosecuting Attorney's Office are working to determine the cause of the child's injuries. The child was at a hospital in Springfield for nearly a week in the Intensive Care Unit. The 8-month-old suffered from shaken baby syndrome.
She is also being charged in a separate case with the infraction of operating a child-care without the necessary license as she was caring for more than four unrelated children.
The probable cause statement is attached with further details, and a GoFundMe Account for the child's medical bills has been set up by friends of the family.