The Herald Sun reports that a daycare owner in Durham has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor child abuse, avoiding going to trial for several felony charges. The case arose over an injured child who had head injuries, bruising across the bridge of the nose and other injuries, which were documented in 2009.
According to the report, the judge presiding over the case was not at all happy with the plea agreement. The prosecutor stated that the family was comfortable with the plea agreement, and according to the report, the judge said that he would not have gone along with it if it were not for the fact that the family was comfortable with it.
The woman accused alleged that a toddler had fallen on the baby while the baby was on the floor and she was in the bathroom. According to the reporting, doctors from the hospital where the child was treated would offer testimony that indicated that a toddler falling on the child could not have produced sufficient force to cause the injuries that the child suffered. The child in question had also suffered a subdural hematoma and had hemorrhaging in his retinas.
This particular story involves the criminal proceedings revolving around a case of alleged abuse in a daycare center. Criminal proceedings are separate from civil claims, which involve the family seeking compensation for what their child has been put through.
These are different cases, and whether or not a day care owner or operator pleads guilty to a lesser charge than they could of been charged with, has no bearing on whether or not they can be sued for the alleged abuse.
A daycare abuse lawyer will likely call upon many of the same resources that a criminal prosecutor would call upon. They will engage experts to give testimony, they will get medical records, they will get any other evidence they can find of the alleged abuse, and they will use that to put together a case to help their clients seek compensation.
This compensation can sometimes be enough to help the family pay for the medical bills involved in treating their child’s injuries and to help the child get any further treatments they need in the future. If you need the help of an attorney, you can generally sit down and consult with one for free, provided they work on a contingency basis.