For Immediate Release - August 26, 2011

Methuen Woman Pleads Guilty To Reckless Endangerment Of A Child

Eight Week Old Baby Died In Her Care

Linda Favazaa, 60, of 28 Hampshire Circle, Methuen, pleaded guilty this afternoon in Salem Superior Court to reckless endangerment of a child, and two counts of running an unlicensed day care.

Judge John Lu sentenced Favazza to 30 days in the House of Correction for reckless endangerment of a child. She was placed on probation for three years, to run concurrently, on each charge of running an unlicensed day care.

As conditions of probation, Judge Lu ordered Favazza to comply with the Department of Early Education and Care, and to have no unsupervised contact with children under 12 years old except for her immediate family.

Essex Assistant District Attorney Kate B. MacDougall had asked the court to sentence the defendant to 2 ½ years in the House of Correction, 18 months to be served, the balance suspended for five years with probation, with the conditions that the judge imposed.

Prosecutor MacDougall told the court that if the case had gone to trial, the Commonwealth would have proved that Favazza had 13 children in her care on September 3, 2008, when eight-week old Tyler Grealish of Sandown, NH, died at her residence. The cause and manner of the infant's death were ruled undetermined by the State Medical Examiner's Office.

On December 3, 2008, Favazza was discovered providing day care for nine children in the home of her sister at 7 Perley Street in Methuen, eight of whom were her responsibility, which was a violation of a cease and desist order issued by the Department of Early Education and Care following Tyler's death.

Favazza could have faced a maximum sentence of 2 ½ years in the House of Correction on each charge.