3-year-old girl dies after daycare owner threw her to the floor for not removing her coat

Autumn Elgersma Rochelle Sapp

An Iowa daycare owner has been arrested and charged with the death of a 3-year-old girl left in her care by her working mother.

Autumn Elgersma died 2 days after Rochelle Sapp threw her to the floor for refusing to remove her coat.

According to court documents obtained by KTIV, Sapp called Autumn’s mother and told her the child injured herself after falling down a flight of steps.

But doctors who treated Autumn at Sioux Falls, S.D., children’s hospital said her traumatic head injuries were not the result of falling down stairs.

Autumn died of a skull fracture and brain swelling, according to court documents obtained by KDLT.

Sapp admitted she threw the child to the floor during a second interview with investigators following Autumn’s death.

Sapp was charged with willful injury and child endangerment, but more charges are expected.

Autumn’s grieving parents, Philip and Jennifer Elgersma, released the following statement:

“Our family is deeply saddened by the loss of our little girl. The prayers offered by others on our behalf are giving us the strength to get though this very difficult time. Autumn was a joy in our lives and we are blessed to have called her ours. We take comfort in the fact that she is now with her Savior, Jesus Christ. We ask for your continued thoughts and prayers for our family.”

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    53 Responses to “3-year-old girl dies after daycare owner threw her to the floor for not removing her coat”

    1. 1

      She should get get the firing squad!
      :shotsfired:

    2. 2
      LadieLeo says:

      So sad, I don’t understand the violence towards children so small over such trivial mess. :no:

    3. 3

      what the hell kinda pushin did she do the child to KILL her?? :blink:

      God rest her soul :pray:

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    5. 5
      Who Dat says:

      This is so sad Lord. She was a pretty lil thing too. May she be with the angels. :pray:

    6. 6
      OutsidetheBox says:

      And that fonky bish kinda smizing in that mugshot? :no: I aint here for it today. :nono:

    7. 7
      Diva says:

      @Man I need you to come back downstairs…I have mannie mannie mannie questions about Mrs. Man :shocked:

    8. 8
      OutsidetheBox says:

      Her shole is pretty and precious @Dubb. Lord, them baby teeth really show her age. THREE?!?! :crying1: :wtf:

    9. 9
      luVn_liFe... says:

      Horrible, What’s this lady thinking in that mugshot? whats with the smirk you EVil Wanch!

    10. 10
      MisTaken :cell: The Black Mamba says:

      Imagining somebody throwing Taken2 down the stairs :cry: Listen there wouldn’t be anybody who could hold me if I saw this hoe in person. MARK MY FONT. I do not play about my kids.

      Hey Man :hi: Good to see you in here :hugs:

    11. 11
    12. 12
      gbellab says:

      whyght trash

    13. 13
      Henny Blaque says:

      My mugshot would be up there right next to hers…

    14. 14
      KayCeiSoul says:

      :waves:

      Somebody need to send this bish an envelope filled with arsenic, chloroform, and strands of MRSA.

      I hope they throw the courthouse at this hoe. But sadly…it probably will not happen. :coffee:

      Rest in Peace lil’ pretty baby. :-(

    15. 15

      Shyt like this is ridic.

    16. 16
      Salliemae's Boosh says:

      It seems like all the ppl who have no business being around kids always have jobs/dealings with kids. Extremely sad.

    17. 17
      MisTaken :cell: The Black Mamba says:

      So this is my lunch post :(
      God bless this little angel. There is a special place in hell for people like this. There either is a epidemic of people hurting kids right now or it is just being reported more. Either way I don’t like it

    18. 18

      She did more than throw her down :no:

    19. 19
      luVn_liFe... says:

      Salliemae’s Boosh says:It seems like all the ppl who have no business being around kids always have jobs/dealings with kids.
      ~
      YES!

    20. 20
      MisTaken :cell: The Black Mamba says:

      Henny Blaque says:
      My mugshot would be up there right next to hers…
      :cosign:

    21. 21
      OutsidetheBox says:

      it is just being reported more.
      _____________

      :tea:

    22. 22
      rwilliams4782 says:

      If you have that much hatred for children or little patience..why do you work at a daycare?

    23. 23
      rwilliams4782 says:

      If you have that much hatred for children or little patience..why do you work at a daycare?

    24. 24
      OutsidetheBox says:

      She did more than throw her down :no:
      __________

      The other kids prolly know. She wouldnt take her coat off. Prolly didnt want to be there; you know how stubborn kids can be…or any one who has been in contact with kids SHOULD know but alas :facepalm:

    25. 25
      Aryanna says:

      This makes me so angry.. why in the hell would u get a job taking care of kids if you’re not going to do right by them. It would kill me getting news about my daughter like this. No fxxx that.. IT WILL KILL her!

    26. 26

      She a pretty yt woman. Prolly be out next year roundst this time.
      :coffee:

    27. 27
      KayCeiSoul says:

      She wouldnt take her coat off.

      *************************

      There was a good enough reason for her not wanting to take her coat off. That bish either did something to her before or she saw her jack another kid the fugg up.

      If my baby lean too hard back towards me after I pass him to the day care provider I will take him and go on back home. A family member somewhere can watch him. Babies and little kids can’t really express themselves to tell on a caregiver. Rotten bish. :mad:

    28. 28
      Just Looking says:

      She will git janked in prison. :yes:

      @OTB – You is funnnnyt. *giggles

      Yo! who is the little MAN?

    29. 29
      Just Looking says:

      Aryanna says:

      This makes me so angry.. why in the hell would u get a job taking care of kids if you’re not going to do right by them. It would kill me getting news about my daughter like this. No fxxx that.. IT WILL KILL her!
      November 5, 2013 at 1:05 pm
      ___________
      cause it’s easy pay. And kids are defenseless and some people really pray to go to hell.

    30. 30
      luVn_liFe... says:

      UR right B she probably didnt wanna be there,cause that lady is mean!

    31. 31
      GellySammich says:

      :( I can’t even BEGIN to imagine what these parents are feeling. I’d be mad at myself, her, God… EVERYBODY! And I’d be looking for a real life Huck RIGHT NOW tombout “I got a good one you can have some real fun with” and then be beggin his ass to tag me in. :eek: OMG I can’t. :no:
      I pray for their peace. God knows that’s a lot to bear. Dang…

    32. 32
      kahmmillion says:

      Oh, thank Jesus they aren’t black.

      What this bish did is inexcusable. It takes a special type of person to work with children and the elderly and this bish is definitely lacking that quality. Shyt like this just make me want them to bring back eye for an eye. Makes no daym sense. :chase:

    33. 33
      Just Looking says:

      giyeok ssan giyeok niun digeut

      ______________
      Fugg this lousy bish in Korean

      @Kay Cei – I had a dream my day care provider was doing some foul ****…I called in sick for a week and flew to my momma’s house and dropped him off, until I could find adequate care. :yes: Cause I would have killed someone over my child. STILL WOULD.

    34. 34
      Ty says:

      Not these folks phucking with kids post :kona:

    35. 35
      GellySammich says:

      Soooo… we’ll take that new post now please. There is no joy to be found in this one Sandra.

    36. 36
      Just Looking says:

      RELATED:

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      PARENTS SWAP ADOPTED KIDS ONLINE

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      Heather Koon, 25, was arrested in allegedly engaging in sexual conduct with at least two infants.

      Satan is busy! Please pray over your children before you leave them and send them to bed. FOLKS ARE EVIL :pray:

    37. 37
      Salliemae's Boosh says:

      Aryanna says:

      This makes me so angry.. why in the hell would u get a job taking care of kids if you’re not going to do right by them.
      _____________________________________________
      Generally these are the only jobs they qualify for. They should make mental health assessments along with background checks for these jobs.

    38. 38
      KayCeiSoul says:

      She a pretty yt woman. Prolly be out next year roundst this time.

      ********************************

      Although she is a far cry from pretty, StoneFaced as she is, you are correct. If she goes AT ALL she will get out on a very light sentence.
      It’s such a sad and disgusting truth. :cry:

    39. 39
      Pretty Brown Eyes says:

      When my son was about 3 my neighbor and family friend used to watch him 2 days a week while I worked. It got the point where when I was walking him over there he would fight to not go. As soon as I walked out of my gate with him he knew where he was going and he would fight hard not to go. It didn’t take long before I quit my job and stop taking him. He hasn’t been over there since. Hes 15 now.

    40. 40
      OutsidetheBox says:

      *exasperated sigh* :shank: Son-Drah Wrose! Give us a :newpost: PLEASE

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      The Master Beta :D says:

      You bum bitch may you rot in hell :shotsfired:

    42. 42
      SOTHERNGRL says:

      Why is she able to take a mug shot? her azz supposed to be at the morgue.

    43. 43
      OutsidetheBox says:

      Yo! who is the little MAN?
      ____________

      Thats Mrs. Man’s husband. :heart: My Brotha from anotha mother, father and growth chart. :yes:

    44. 44
      Just Looking says:

      Son-Drah Wrose!

      ____________
      Thought that was Korean, I was like she is good already… #really

      :kona:

    45. 45

      @KAYCEI
      “She a pretty yt woman. Prolly be out next year roundst this time.

      ********************************

      Although she is a far cry from pretty, StoneFaced as she is, you are correct. If she goes AT ALL she will get out on a very light sentence.
      It’s such a sad and disgusting truth.
      _______________________________

      Yt folk love that stone “Angelina-Jolie-esque” type face tho. :facepalm:

    46. 46
      OutsidetheBox says:

      Hey Sammich. :love: This post is terrible. :(

    47. 47
      MSVALLDAY says:

      Henny Blaque says:

      My mugshot would be up there right next to hers…
      ___________________

      :casket: <——— after I got through with her

    48. 48

      @OTB
      “Yo! who is the little MAN?
      ____________

      Thats Mrs. Man’s husband. My Brotha from anotha mother, father and growth chart.

      ______________

      I never thought you would take rejection this hard…
      :facepalm:

    49. 49

      @SANDRA ROSE
      “An Iowa daycare owner has been arrested and charged with the death of a 3-year-old girl left in her care by her WORKING MOTHER.”
      ______________________________

      :think:

      …is this…is this shade Sandra?

    50. 50
      luVn_liFe... says:

      :newpost: Much worse than this one :newpost:

    51. 51
      Fated4Greatness says:

      :sad: Guess I’ll be waiting for my mommy to retire before I entertain the thought of kids..this is just sad on so many levels.

    52. 52
      Sincerity7 says:

      Hate these kinds of posts.

    53. 53
      Leslie says:

      Praying for this family! How can you be such a monster and hurt a baby like this??

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