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Chesterfield woman sentenced to 11 years over infant's death

Carrie C. Persichini (Source: Chesterfield Police) Carrie C. Persichini (Source: Chesterfield Police)
Peter Hitt (Source: Morrissett Funeral Home) Peter Hitt (Source: Morrissett Funeral Home)
CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

A Chesterfield woman was given 11 years in prison in the death of a 3-month-old boy.

Carrie Persichini, 53, was charged after investigators learned she was unlicensed and watching 16 children at the same time at her home on Bridgewood Road.

Peter Hitt went into cardiac arrest while in her care after she put he and his twin sister down for a nap.

The sentence far exceeded the suggested sentence under state guidelines, which was up to six months.

Persichini was charged with involuntary manslaughter and felony child neglect charges connected to a 3-month-old's death in August 2016.

Police say they responded to a residence in the 4200 block of Bridgewood Road and found the child unresponsive and in cardiac arrest. He was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

The Medical Examiner's Office says Hitt's cause of death is "sudden unexpected infant death associated with an unsafe sleep environment." 

Investigators say the boy was sleeping in a Pack 'n Play playpen. Peter and his twin sister were both at Persichini’s home, along with several other children. Investigators say Persichini, the only adult home, called 911.

Investigators say Persichini was not licensed and should have been for caring for more than five children. The Virginia Department of Social Services say Persichini stopped operating the day of Peter Hitt's death and had never been investigated or cited before.

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