Home day care owner pleads not guilty in death of baby

Home day care owner pleads not guilty in death of baby
Tracey Goldman, 50, and her daughter Addison Morgan, 20, are each charged with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide in the baby’s death. (Source: Elmore County Sheriff's Office)

ELMORE COUNTY, Ala. (WSFA) - A woman charged in the death of an Elmore County infant has pleaded not guilty.

Tracey Goldman, 50, who was scheduled to make a court appearance Thursday, waived arraignment and entered a not guilty plea, according to court documents.

Goldman and her daughter Addison Morgan, 20, are facing manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide charges in the baby’s death.

Morgan has applied for youthful offender status. Her next court appearance for that motion has been scheduled for August.

The child died at their home day care in October. Court documents indicate an autopsy found the infant with an “excessive amount of a substance in the body.” The substance was later listed as Diphenhydramine.

Authorities confirmed Goldman ran a day care out of her home and left children in her daughter’s care while she was out of the house.

A spokesperson for the Alabama Department of Human Resources says Goldman and Morgan weren’t licensed to run a childcare facility in the state.

At the time of the infant’s death, three other children were in Goldman’s care.

Court documents indicate Goldman’s trial has been scheduled for June 24.

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