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Child injured at care provider's home, felony charge filed

Taking care of children almost always means taking a risk. Children are active, especially when they are mobile. Even a young baby who is learning how to roll over or crawl can have accidents that can lead to injuries. A recent incident in Iowa has landed one woman in jail after a child she was caring for in her home was injured.

According to the child's mother, the 9-month-old girl was dropped off at the care provider's home on June 3. The child care provider, who is not licensed to care for children in Iowa, says that the child fell off a couch. The girl's head injury necessitated a trip to the hospital. She was taken there by Glenwood Fire and Rescue. The child was later released, but her mother took her back to the hospital when her condition worsened. 

During the subsequent hospital visit, it was determined that the child had a "non-accidental traumatic brain injury" that included brain bleeding and retinal bleeding. Medical professionals do not believe the child fell from the couch as the child care provider claims.

Because of the child's injuries, the care provider is now facing criminal charges. She has been charged with a Class C felony. After turning herself in to the Glenwood Police Department, she was taken to the Mills County Jail. She was released on her own recognizance on one count of child endangerment. She is set to go to court on June 24 for her initial appearance.

This woman faces serious consequences if she is convicted of this crime, which carries a maximum fine of $10,000 and up to 10 years in prison. Anyone facing such serious consequences should speak with a criminal defense attorney to develop a strategy for achieving the best possible outcome.

Source: Omaha.com, "Unlicensed Iowa day care provider faces felony endangerment charge," Kirby Kaufman, June 13, 2014

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