Lincolnshire Day-Care Owner Pleads “Not Guilty”

Judith Katz accused of lying to police during death investigation

The owner of a Lincolnshire day-care center where an employee allegedly killed a baby boy has entered a plea of not guilty to charges she lied to police investigating the death.

The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office said Judith Katz pleaded not guilty to a charge of obstruction of justice.

Katz, 64, was released on bail pending a scheduled Sept. 28 trial.

Police say Katz, the owner of Minee Subee in the Park in the north suburb, told employees to say two adults were present when 22-year-old Melissa Calusinski allegedly threw 16-month-old Benjamin Kingan to the ground.

The center was ordered closed following Kingan's death.

But police say Calusinski was the only adult present Jan. 14, a violation of state requirements.

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