Iowa Daycare Worker Kills 3-Year Old Girl For "Not Removing Her Coat"


It is impossible to imagine a child going to daycare and suffering fatal brain trauma from an act of aggression by a caretaker. However, that is exactly what happened to adorable 3-year-old Autumn Elgersma. The toddler was brutally thrown to the ground by Iowa daycare worker Rochelle Sapp when she wouldn't take off her coat. Sapp originally lied to the police and claimed Elgersma fell down the stairs, before admitting she had thrust her down and fractured her fragile skull.

Autumn Elgersma

Autumn Elgersma

America is fast becoming the land of the lawless. And women are becoming as violent and cold as their male counterparts. Rochelle Sapp, an Iowa Daycare worker, is one such woman who proves that sometimes the most dangerous people are the ones who are entrusted with the most. Responsible for watching children, she would most likely be seen as someone who was trustworthy and caring, but she's a cold-blooded murderer.

Little Autumn Elgersma died this past Thursday from injuries suffered at the hands of 33-year-old Sapp. The happy, healthy 3-year-old was in a coma for two days before succumbing to a fatal skull fracture. Sapp had thrown the girl to the ground in a fit of rage, and the brain injury that resulted from the incident could not be repaired by medical professionals. First, Sapp lied to the little girl's mother about what happened.

Shortly after 9:00am on Tuesday, October 29, a criminal affidavit states Sapp called Jennifer Elgersma and told her Autumn had fallen down the stairs.

The mother took Autumn from the home and brought her to the Orange City hospital where she was diagnosed with a head injury.

The girl was airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital where doctors discovered the child suffered a fractured skull and brain trauma.

Rochelle Sapp, 33, had an in home day care in Orange City, Iowa. After first telling Elgersma's mother that Autumn fell down the stairs, she recanted the story. Sapp had thrown Autumn to the floor for "not taking off her coat." What started off as a case of child endangerment will result in murder charges for Sapp. The idea of her getting off with anything less than a second degree murder charge would be a serious miscarriage of justice. In this case, Sapp deserves no mercy.

Rochelle Sapp

Rochelle Sapp

How could someone murder a child for not taking off her jacket? It is impossible to imagine someone being so brutal and heartless, but in today's society, when people murder out of boredom, it is not shocking at all. In a desensitized society, it's a daily occurrence. One becomes numb to such headlines, to such random and senseless violence.

Autumn Elgersma's parents are forced to bury their 3-year-old daughter before she had a chance to live, and under the most horrific of circumstances.

The heartbroken parents issued a statement, thanking supporters for their prayers.

"Autumn was a joy in our lives and we are blessed to have called her ours,” Philip and Jennifer Elgersma said. “We take comfort in the fact that she is now with her savior, Jesus Christ. We ask for your continued thoughts and prayers for our family.”

This is the only comfort that can be drawn from such horrible circumstances, that this little girl is with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She will not have to feel anymore pain, and her body is made whole. However, for those still living, the shocking crime will never fade from their minds.

Little children are not supposed to be preyed upon by adults. They should never have to suffer through a rape, beating, or murder. But they do. For all who say that American culture isn't more violent today than it was years ago, look deeper at the reasons people kill. Why did Rochelle Sapp murder Autumn Elgersma? Was it really because she didn't "take off her coat?" This justified slamming her head into the floor and killing her?

This reasoning is proof that the hearts have grown cold, and that death evokes no revolting reaction.

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About Janna Brock
I am a Christian and a staunch conservative. I am very interested in civil liberties and also arts and entertainment from a conservative point of view. I am interested in a wide variety of topics that have to do with the liberal war against conservatives. Christians are being attacked on all fronts, be it the homosexual agenda, abortion issues, and other forms of persecution. It is time to stand for Christ in a sin sick world. Janna Brock also contributes to The BrennerBrief.com.
  • Jessica D

    So heartbreaking. My heart & prayers go out to her family! May this sweet angel r.I.p.♡ I hope justice is served and that piece of crap gets her karma. Noone but that b & "daycare" is 2 blame. Reason #50 why I avoid having my kids in daycare if at all costs!! Parents please be more cautious when deciding on your childs care provider! And people please quit making it about everything else and placing blame where it dont belong. Face it, it is a sick world. But it can be better! Feel blessed with what and who we have in our lives. Our children give us hope and the greatest chance for a better future!!

  • ricki

    how would do that to a three old that makes me want to cry I happened that girl is in jail
    it doesn't give right to throw her down on the ground because she wouldn't take her coat off . I feel bad for the parents that she died im sorry that happened to your daughter
    it sad that she miss Halloween im sorry really bad I wish I could do something for that family

  • Kyle Daniel Sylcox

    "as violent and cold as their male counterparts"? What the hell?

  • Veronica Briggs

    How can someone do this to a child????? I am truly enraged and heartbroken all at the same time!!!!! This poor baby girl did NOTHING wrong and she was brutally murdered...my deepest condolences to the family of this angel.

  • Jay

    Whoa whoa whoa, everyone is generalizing and jumping on the band wagon and it kinda scares me to read the comments below. . One, many women were looking to work tired of the standard to be home and solely raise children. Don't degrade the many women who fought for women to be able to obtain higher education and careers. Second a liberal didn't say slam that child to the floor, be careful with pointing fingers because a "liberal" could point to conservatives every time someone dies by mass shootings. Thistle goes deeper than that, we as a nation have not only become more desensitized from rapid growth of technology making us more isolated , but poorer access to quality education, less expectations and poorer value systems, and this "point finger" attitude rather than cooperation because apparently one side has to be more right than the other. The solution to this is so multifaceted but the US and Americans really need to take a step back and look at other European countries that don't have our issues and see what we can learn from their systems. Even of they are socialist areas because what we have obviously isn't working, because it's not about the politics at this point it's about our families, children and wellbeing.

  • mama jojo

    This day in age a parent can and have killed their own children. It has nothing to do with being conservative or liberal. It has to do with the fact there is no respect for human life period! Values and morals are replaced with money and how much we have to have to keep up with the jones'. Its a world of greed and lust and distrust. Violence is everywhere and people are so desensitized to it that it's just another day to hear about these things. We need to slow down and take time to nurture our children. Parents working 70 hours a week or two jobs to make ends meet are taking a toll on our families. Family values should be emphisized at work and not leave the parent thinking will I have a job if I take this day off to take care of my sick child. Our culture saddens me. Everyone is looking for the next big theng when did we quit learning to be satified with what we have and how blessed we are with the people who are in our lives. Our culture is slowly putting the nails in the coffin to its own grave. God bless that little girl and her family. And may her babysitter get what she deserves life without freedom!

  • mama jojo

    This day in age a parent can and have killed their own children. It has nothing to do with being conservative or liberal. It has to do with the fact there is no respect for human life period! Values and morals are replaced with money and how much we have to have to keep up with the jones'. Its a world of greed and lust and distrust. Violence is everywhere and people are so desensitized to it that it's just another day to hear about these things. We need to slow down and take time to nurture our children. Parents working 70 hours a week or two jobs to make ends meet are taking a toll on our famalies. Family values should be emphisized at work and not leave the parent thinking will I have a job if I take this day off to take care of my sick child. Our culture saddens me. Everyone is looking for the next big theng when did we quit learning to be satified with what we have and how blessed we are with the people who are in our lives. Our culture is slowly putting the nails in the coffin to its own grave. God bless that little girl and her family. And may her babysitter get what she deserves life without freedom!

  • beaniemommy87

    I'm a stay at home mom to my almost 2 year old daughter. I worked in a daycare most of my teenage years and although I never experienced anything like this, it is clear that there are many people who work with children that should not. I put up with a lot of "she's lazy" comments or "she lives off of her husband" comments, but after reading this I am even more certain that I've made the right decision in staying home with my daughter. My thoughts and prayers are with this family <3

  • http://www.facebook.com/kristie.detlor1 Kristie Detlor

    What a beautiful child- I can only imagine the guilt and sadness this poor family will have to live with. My heart brakes for the Parents. As far as that heartless beast of a woman I have no words to fully put into context my disgust for her. I hope she sees that baby's face every time she closes her soulless eyes. If that had been my daughter she would have never made it into police custody and you would be reading a whole other kind of headline!

  • from the area

    What a horribly written and ignorant article. Have you done any research at all? These 2 families live in the same small town with Christian values and same group of friends. As awfull as I feel for poor sweet Autumn's family, i feel for Sapp's 3 small children and husband who have to face what's going on. Although what sapp did is unforgivable she is not an abusive monster you are portraying her to be she did not wake up planning to abuse and murder a child in front of her own children. She horrifyingly lost it and one family now suffers that consequence And she has to live with guilt of taking a sweet child away from their family while hers are living. Before you post such bold ignorant statements perhaps you should do some research. These families aren't liberals and are in a tight religious supportive community. Instead of throwing around stones and death penalties maybe should listen to the lords word and pray. Lift up compassion and prayer to all invplved and let our maker be the judge in the end.

    • Tina Hamilton

      What's with you people and the liberal name calling bit? I am a mother, a Christian and a liberal minded person...does that make us all murdering freaks? I can't believe you that lump everyone into the same basket and then hide behind your Christianity...I am out of here...

    • from the area

      I agree with you full heartedly. I also have liberal minded views. My point was to those who were calling her an Obama supporter. They have no idea who these people before they make bold statements. To sum a whole group of people in one category especially into one so ruthless and cold is ignorant. Politics shouldn't even be apart of this. This altogether is an awful representation of journalism and has some heavy allegations and hatred. There are hardly any facts in this article to be taken so seriously and the comments make me really disappointing in what people will believe and say. My heart goes out to the families involved and I pray Sapp's children never have to read the hateful and cowardly words.

    • Tina Hamilton

      Oh I got it mixed up and apologize, I did not realize until you replied, I had read another post and was getting upset with their name calling, I just wish that people would at least give some of us liberals the benefit of the doubt that maybe some of us are just a bit more open minded than others. I read so many hateful comments and I get a bit overwhelmed by all the hate. Thanks for taking the time to explain it to me, I read it and took it differently than it was meant, I can admit when I am wrong. I mean someone actually had the nerve to say all liberals are baby killers, I mean WTH? That is pretty hateful just because one may not see the issues as they do~

  • Sean Pierre Rawsome

    Its unfortunate so many people blame this on religion or lack there of. For one thats blatantly blind judgement. What Sapp did was Horrendous, and if I was in that room with her I would have slammed her the same way she slammed Little Autumn.
    But the plights of man has nothing to do with god or godless hearts. There are many instances where godfearing individuals act just as bad if not worse, and think of all the churches who have gone to war. War where they pillaged towns and raped women and children. Think of the lives lost all in God's name. Do we have to slap God's name on everything? Seriously?
    We have been given the gift of freewill and choice. And both very devout christians and devout atheists alike have made both wonderful and evil choices.
    This lady (Sapp) made a choice. This choice, in our heads, will define her entire life past and present. But we do not know her. We shall not judge. We shall pray hope and work on teaching the correct way to deal with anger, deal with frustration. To properly handle stress and making choices. To ourselves and our children. Lets not take responsibility and place blame on god, or lack there of. Lets bring this closer to home.

  • John Black

    The woman who wrote this article is quite possibly one of the most disrespectful and unintelligent individuals I have come across.

    Her complete hatred for a woman yet to be proven guilty, and her desire to see this woman crucified is so beyond hypocritical and disgusting, that I'd almost go so far as to say she has some deeply rooted emotional problems.

    The tragedy here is that a child died needlessly. The fact it was done by a caregiver is irrelevant. My siblings and I fought endlessly as children, including physically. If one of them killed me in a fit of rage during a fight, would you label my sibling a murderer? No, because you presume innocence simply because a child is involved. An accident is just that, and despite maybe being a little heavy handed, this caretaker likely had no intention of murdering this child. It was an accident, and to burn this woman at the stake before all the facts are known, is just a complete disservice to your reputation as a writer, your intelligence as a human being, and your compassion as a so-called Christian.

    Assuming a god were in fact real, I can almost guarantee yours would look down on you. Such a disgrace of a writing.

  • Jodi Marie Jebron

    I am actually freaking speechless for once...

  • Mark Hartwell Jones

    You know, just a heads up- until this person has been proven guilty in a court of law, this entire blog post is libelous- you are stating guilt of someone wo has not been proven guilty. A confession does not equal a conviction.

    For someone who is "interested in civil liberties"," you don't seem too concerned about the right to the presumption of innocence (innocent until proven guilty), or the sixth amendment.

    For someone who claims to be a Christian to scream that another person "deserves no mercy" just baffles me. Hoping for justice is one thing, but if you believe in Jesus then you must believe in grace and forgiveness- if you don't believe in those then you cannot actually be a Christian.

    To be a Christian is to follow Christ. He said that the greatest commandment is to love God first and then literally everyone else as much as you love yourself. Everyone. Even someone you think may have comitted a terrible crime.

    If you want to truly "Stand for Christ in a sin-sick world," then stand for Christ. Id you're still not sure what that would actually look like in this regard, I will lay it out. Stop screaming to burn this woman at the stake an start calling for people to pray for her salvation, to pray that (if she is truly guilty) her heart will be broken and she will cry out to Jesus.

    Yes, it is horrible that an innocent has died (possibly) at the hands of an adult to whom she was entrusted. Yes, if this woman is guilty, justice should be served and an appropriate sentence should be conveyed. But NO, Christians should not be screaming for her destruction.

    • http://FreedomOutpost.com/ Tim Brown

      No actually she confessed. That is an admission of guilt. Therefore, It is not libelous. As for your other comments, I agree.

    • WYNEMA GONZAGOWSKI

      It IS libelous to call it murder... murder is intentional, someone who commits murder meant to kill the person... This is manslaughter... Her actions were disgusting but her intent was not to kill...

    • http://FreedomOutpost.com/ Tim Brown

      second degree murder n. a non-premeditated killing, resulting from an assault in which death of the victim was a distinct possibility. Second degree murder is different from First Degree Murder which is a premeditated, intentional killing, or results from a vicious crime such as arson, rape, or armed robbery. Exact distinctions on degree vary by state..

    • Mark Hartwell Jones

      An admission of guilt is still not a conviction. it's why we have the fifth amendment ans it's why the "Miranda Rights" are needed- false confessions happen- you get somebody stressed out in an interrogation room after berating them for hours, telling them to admit their guilt, they might crack.

      When this woman has been tried and a verdict has been presented, we will know whether or not she is guilty. If she actually did it and is found not guilty in court, then that is between her and God.

    • John Black

      This will get very little attention, and that is extremely unfortunate.

      I commend you for being one of the few to notice the incredible hypocrisy and disrespect this author has oozing out of every sentence. Then again, I suppose I couldn't expect much better.

      To anyone reading this, I hope you see the point and the tragedy in this bit of news. A little girl needlessly died at the hands of her care giver, and could have easily been an accident. To, and I say this with much irony, crucify this woman before she's had her chance in court, is nothing short of hypocrisy on the part of this author. So, grieve for the young lady and her family, but don't let this idiot get you into a seething rage over what could have been an accident.

    • Jerrod Davis

      Really? First she lies to the mother AND the authorities, then later ADMITS she THREW the child to the ground, "on accident?" I am appalled anyone would take the side of this woman. I'm flat out flabbergasted anyone could see this as an "accident." Now that sounds straight up IDIOTIC!

    • Mark Hartwell Jones

      No one is "taking her side." Perhaps you should read an entire comment before you post a response.

      This is still the United States of America where a person is INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY IN A COURT OF LAW REGARDLESS AS TO WHETHER OR NOT HE OR SHE HAS CONFESSED TO A CRIME.

      Did you catch it that time?

    • Jerrod Davis

      Don't be a DICK. I did read the entire comment. Pretty sure a CONFESSION is still considered an admittance to guilt. By all means go through with due process. She confessed, she's guilty. Get It?!

  • mackelby

    Another obama voter.

    • from the area

      Seriously how ignorant

    • mackelby

      Why is it ignorant, Libs hate kids.

    • Tina Hamilton

      NO THEY DON"T!!!

    • from the area

      A statement like this is why we live in a broken world. I feel sorry for you and your hatred.

    • mackelby

      Maybe you need a reminder, abortion, Dept of Ed, Common Core, Wish-n-Prayer Care. Should I go on or is that enough for you to shut your indoctrinated trap, move to Europe where you are wanted.