Detroit mother, babysitter bound over for trial after baby falls through hole, drowns in basement

Dasiah Jordan, Tonya Peterson charged in case

Dasiah Jordan (left) and Tonya Peterson (right) at their arraignments. (WDIV)

DETROIT – A Detroit mother and babysitter have been bound over for trial in connection with the death of a baby who fell through a hole in the ground floor of a Detroit home and drowned in the flooded basement below.

Officials said 11-month-old Ca’Mya Davis was in a bedroom July 6 when she fell through the floor. She landed in the basement, which was filled with water and sewage, officials said. Nobody noticed until it was too late.

Her mother, Dasiah Jordan, was arraigned July 17 on second-degree child abuse and manslaughter charges.

Jordan told police she left her daughter with a babysitter, Tonya Peterson, while she ran errands.

Peterson was arraigned July 18 on second-degree child abuse and manslaughter charges.

During the preliminary examination Friday, Jordan's 10-year-old daughter testified that Peterson told her to watch Ca’Mya. The girl said she had to open the door to watch what she was cooking, and her baby sister got into the room and fell through the hole.

The 10-year-old said the hole was covered up with a cardboard box that had "danger, watch your step" written on it.

Jordan and Peterson were both bound over for trial.

Police said both Jordan and Peterson knew about the unsafe conditions in the bedroom.

Tonya Peterson at her arraignment on July 18, 2018. (WDIV)

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