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Iowa day care provider posts bond in murder case

Published: Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 11:14 a.m. CST

ORANGE CITY (AP) — A northwest Iowa day care provider charged with murder in the death of a 3-year-old girl has been released from jail after posting bond.

Rochelle Sapp of Orange City walked out of the Sioux County jail on Thursday after a judge allowed her to post 10 percent of her $250,000 bond.

Her attorney, Edward Bjornstad, says Sapp is “happy to be home.”

Sapp pleaded not guilty Thursday to first-degree murder and child endangerment in the death of Autumn Elgersma.

Investigators say Sapp threw Autumn to the floor after becoming angry with her while watching her on Oct. 29. They say Sapp falsely told Autumn’s mother that the child was injured after falling down a flight of stairs. An autopsy ruled that the girl died of blunt force head injury.

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