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Daycare operator faces manslaughter charge

The Coquitlam daycare operator charged with the death of an infant in her care is now being charged with manslaughter.

The Coquitlam daycare operator charged with the death of an infant in her care is now being charged with manslaughter.

Maria McFerran, who operated the Rattle-N-Roll Daycare from her Shaughnessy Street home, was initially charged with criminal negligence causing death, failure to provide the necessaries of life and obstruction of justice in connection with the death of Arto Howley in January 2011.

She was arrested without incident a year later.

After her first court appearance McFerran, 48, was released with conditions that she keep the peace and not care for or supervise any child under the age of 10.

The manslaughter charge was added to her scheduled court appearance in B.C. Provincial Court in Port Coquitlam on Thursday; she was not taken back into custody.

McFerran's is due back in court April 5 for an arraignment hearing.

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