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Tot killed at day care for not taking off coat?

  • 3-year-old Autumn Elgersma died after suffering injuries at day care
  • Police: Day care provider Rochelle Sapp initially claimed girl fell down stairs
  • Sapp allegedly later confessed that she threw Autumn to the ground

An Iowa day care provider is accused of killing a 3-year-old girl by throwing her to the ground because she would not take off her coat.

Court documents state that Rochelle Sapp allegedly first told police that 3-year-old Autumn Elgersma had fallen down the stairs, but the girl's injuries --including a fractured skull and brain swelling -- were not consistent with that story.

According to police, Sapp later confessed that she threw Autumn to the ground. 

Two days after the incident, Autumn died from her injuries.

Sapp has been charged with willful injury to a child and child endangerment, but police say she may face more serious charges once final autopsy results come back.

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