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Update: Day care owner charged with first degree murder

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Update: Palm Harbor, Florida - Pinellas County Sheriff's detectives have arrested Stephanie Spurgeon and charged her with first degree murder following a two-and-a-half month long investigation into the incident that occured in August of this year.

8-22-08:

Palm Harbor, Florida - The owner of a Palm Harbor day care center is under arrest, accused of shaking a baby.

Stephanie Spurgeon is charged with one count of Aggravated Child Abuse. Investigators say Thursday was the 1-year-old baby girl's first day at Spurgeon's day care.

When the parents took the child home, she became unresposive.

The 1-year-old is hospitalized with serious injuries. Detectives say the child's injuries are consistent with being shaken or a similar trauma.

Investigators ask anyone having any information or concerns about children under the care of Stephanie Spurgeon should please call Crimes Against Children detectives at 582-6200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS.

Tampa Bay's 10 News searched the state inspection and license records for Spurgeon's day care. Our search found no previous problems.

To search the history of any Florida day care center, click here.

Join in a conversation with Tampa Bay moms who knew the accused daycare worker and see their debate on whether home daycares are a good option.

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