BREAKING: Watertown woman arrested in death of 16 month-old child

Codington Co. Jail

July 15, 2021
Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.–A Watertown woman has been arrested in connection with the death of a 16 month-old child in her care.

Watertown police were called to an in-home daycare in the 200-block of 15th Street Northwest just after 3:00 p.m. Wednesday on a report of a child that was unconscious.

Paramedics from Watertown Fire Rescue provided aid, and transported the child to Prairie Lakes Hospital.

Police tells KWAT News the child’s injuries were, “consistent with abuse.”

The child was later transferred to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls and died Wednesday night.

Police arrested 30 year-old Amanda Walder (pictured) on a charge of Abuse or Cruelty to a Minor. She’s being held at the Codington County Jail on $25,000 cash bond.

The child’s name has not been released.

Watertown police and the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation are teaming up as part of an ongoing investigation.