Court Goes Easy On Day Care Worker Who Broke Toddler’s Leg

September 16, 2017
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A former Wisconsin daycare worker who broke a toddler boy’s leg by throwing the child on the ground has been sentenced to jail.

According to the Duluth News Tribune, Ashley Garrity, 27, had pleaded no contest in late June to felony reckless child abuse causing harm. This week, the St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Michael Waterman sentenced the woman to eight months in jail and three years on probation.

A Video from February 24, 2016, captured Garrity slamming a 14-month-old on the floor and the toddler writhing in pain as other children gather around him. The child had suffered a fractured leg as a result of the incident, according to the newspaper.

The Department of Children and Families (DCF) ultimately fined Bear Buddies Educational Resources for committing actions that are “physically painful, discomforting, dangerous or potentially injurious” and for failing to report the violent ordeal to Human Services, the Pierce County Herald reported.

Assistant St. Croix County District Attorney Alexis McKinley said that Garrity reportedly handled other children in her care like “rag dolls.”

The 27-year-old day care worker told an officer that they were short-staffed on the day in question and that her boss reprimanded her for how she treated the children.

The Judge said that he was prepared to sentence Garrity to the maximum sentence of more than three years in prison but a note of compassion from the victim’s family convinced him to hand down a more lenient sentence.

Defense attorney Julie Weber called the former day care employee “the most remorseful client” she’s represented in her 20-year career.

Daycare Worker Charged in Death of Infant girl; Child Had Skull Fractures, “Too Numerous To Count”

A Milwaukee woman is now charged in the homicide after police say she beat a baby girl so badly that the infant’s skull fractures were “too numerous to count.”. The accused is 37-year old Claudette Mitchell. She has been charged with first degree reckless homicide — and is being held on a $75,000 cash bond.

FOX 6 reports that 37-year-old Claudette Mitchell is charged with first degree reckless homicide after authorities found seven-week-old Savaiyah Reid unresponsive at the Milwaukee “Who’s Luvin You” daycare center off of 77th and Villard last Tuesday.

According to court documents, Mitchell, the daycare owner and only person who cared for the baby that day, allegedly hit the infant on both sides of her face and on her nose, forehead and cheeks.

According to the criminal complaint, police say seven-week-old Savaiyah Reid was found unresponsive at a day care near 77th and Villard Tuesday afternoon, August 22nd.

The complaint indicates emergency responders noticed blood in Reid’s airway, a bruise in the shape of a thumbprint on her chest and scratches and bruising on her head.

The complaint lays out the timeline:

7:45 a.m.: Savaiyah was dropped off at the day care by her mother
11:00 a.m.: Savaiyah was placed in a Pack ‘n Play in a bedroom
3:00 p.m.: Savaiyah was found unresponsive with scratches and blood on her face

A criminal report against Mitchell read that the baby “had multiple contusions and abrasions to the right and left side of the face, the forehead, nose, and cheek. Savaiyah Reid’s body also had bruising to the abdomen. An internal examination revealed multiple, too numerous to count, skull fractures.”

Further, emergency responders reported that the baby had blood in her airway, a thumbprint-shaped bruise on her chest, and bruises and scratches all over her head.

Mitchell told police she put the baby down for a nap at around 1:45 p.m., according to the Milwaukee Sentinel. She said she went to check on Savaiyah at around 3 p.m. and found lying unconscious with scratches and bleeding on her face.

The suspect’s daughter, a 17-year-old, said she was napping upstairs, but the other children playing woke her up at a little after 3 p.m. She said she went downstairs and saw Savaiyah on a changing table, with Mitchell standing over the infant, crying. Mitchell’s daughter called 911, but the suspect took the phone from her and talked to a dispatch operator.

Mitchell’s daughter was also arrested in connection with the infant’s death along with her mother, but it’s unclear what her exact charges are.

Authorities rushed the baby to a local emergency room, where a physician said that the injuries were so extensive that they would have been immediately noticeable.

Mitchell admitted that she was the only person caring for the baby when the injuries occurred, yet she hasn’t admitted to abusing the child. She also said she never left the home daycare the entire day and that the other children she cared for didn’t enter the room while Savaiyah was napping.

The suspect is behind bars on $75,000 cash bail. If convicted, she faces up to 60 years in prison. Her next hearing is scheduled for September 6.

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