Former childcare worker gets life sentence on murder and abuse charges


A New Castle woman has been sentenced  to life in prison the murder of a child, and the abuse of four other children in her care at a daycare facility in Bear.

Dejoynay Ferguson pleaded guilty in April to Murder by Abuse First Degree, six counts of Child Abuse First Degree, and two counts of Child Abuse Second Degree. 

“These are the crimes that make us hold our kids tighter,” said Attorney General Kathy  Jennings. “This was among the most chilling and emotionally challenging cases that the DOJ has prosecuted in my career. Today we have held the perpetrator of these heinous crimes accountable and closed this chapter of a horrific and senseless tragedy. Dejoynay Ferguson will be in prison for the rest of her life. But I know that the road ahead is still long for the survivors and the victims’ families, who have suffered unfathomable anguish. All of us continue to hold them in our hearts.” 

The investigation into Ferguson’s crimes was led by Delaware State Police’s Homicide Unit with support from the Department of Justice. Deputy Attorneys General James Kriner and Diana Dunn of the DOJ’s Special Victims Unit led Ferguson’s prosecution and secured her conviction.