Whether for work purposes or just the need to get away, parents in Missouri and elsewhere have to leave their children with other individuals whom they trust will care for and protect them in their absence. Those who return to discover their children may have been neglected or abused have every right to have the situation investigated. Recently, a Missouri mother left her child with a babysitter, and now that babysitter is in need of a criminal defense.
According to a recent news report, the mother required a sitter for approximately 6 days at the end of January. She left her 2-month-old daughter with a 35-year-old woman. When she came to collect her daughter, she noticed bruises and took her to the hospital. There she learned that the bruises were more than superficial wounds. The infant was suffering from brain bleeds, a fractured skull, brain swelling and a right eye scleral hemorrhage — among other injuries.
It is unclear who is responsible for the injuries. The babysitter has not been charged with physically harming the child. She has been accused of not seeking medical attention for the infant, however, thus the child neglect charge. The investigation process in this case is still ongoing.
Child neglect is a serious matter, and the accusations of such behavior are not likely to be met with any level of leniency in a Missouri criminal court. The accused in this case may find herself facing a long legal battle as she works to either clear her name or seeks to minimize the consequences of a conviction. A criminal defense attorney can help her take the steps necessary to achieve the best outcome possible.
Source: fox2now.com, “Woman charged with neglect after baby suffers head trauma“, Erika Tallan, Feb. 7, 2018