UPDATE: Daycare center's license revoked after toddler's death

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License at day care center revoked
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UPDATE MONDAY, FEB. 23:

CHANDLER -- The state Health Department has revoked the license of a daycare center where a toddler was allegedly suffocated.

The Arizona Department of Health Services began investigating Colorful Kids Daycare in January after the arrest of employee Candelaria Bradford.

Bradford is accused of suffocating a 2-year-old girl by pressing her head and body into a mat last November.

According to police, Bradford has said she did not intend to hurt the girl.

ORIGINAL REPORT:

CHANDLER - A daycare worker accused of second-degree murder is being released pending further investigation.

Police say she killed a toddler but the county attorney's office says further investigation is necessary before any charges can be filed.

Two-year-old Selenia Moreno died Nov. 5 at Colorful Kids Daycare in Chandler.

According to Chandler Police, a witness saw Candelaria Bradford, 48, leaning on the toddler's back with her arm across the girl's neck and head.

After a two-month-long police investigation, the medical examiner ruled the cause of death to be asphyxiation. The manner of death was determined to be homicide.

Police arrested Bradford last Tuesday, but she has not been charged and is expected to be released.

This is shocking news for Selenia's foster parents. 3TV asked one of the owners of Colorful Kids if Bradford will be returning to work but she declined to comment.

Police say the second-degree murder charges are still pending, and that it's not uncommon for a case involving child abuse and death to be reviewed for further details.