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California Day Care Operator Pleads Guilty to Felony Child Abuse Charges

By Scott A. Marks, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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A San Diego, California, daycare operator and foster care mother was recently sentenced to 14 years imprisonment in connection with the death of her nearly 2-year-old foster son. 51-year-old Linda Faye Coleman, who originally faced a murder charge, pleaded guilty to felony child abuse for the June 27, 2007 death of Malachi Roberts-McBride. Although Coleman received a vast amount of support from family and friends, the physical evidence weighed against her. According to prosecutors, Malachi suffered from brain-swelling, was covered in bruises and had bumps on his head when he was taken to Rady Children’s Hospital. Authorities determine the cause of death was not accidental and instead was the result of blunt force trauma. A previous hearing, an attorney for Coleman declared she had run a licensed daycare center for 15 years before Malachi died and had been a foster mother for 10 years. For more read California daycare operator and foster mother pleads guilty to felony child abuse charge, sentenced to 14 years imprisonment.