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Improper and Abusive Punishment in Illinois Day Care Center – Hot Sauce Punishment Case Heading to Trial in July 2009

By David M. Baum, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network


In Harrisburg, Illinois, the criminal trial of a day care worker will be heading to trial in July 2009. Christi Bailey, age 28, is accused of punishing children in the Illinois day care center by putting hot sauce on their tongues when the children misbehaved. Bailey is also charged with counts of assault and battery for slamming a child into a wall and dragging another child into an office. Ms. bailey faces a total of 7 criminal counts for her alleged improper care and abuse of the childrenin a Harrisburg, Illinois day care center.

Unfortunately, abusive and neglectful day care and child care workers are out there physically or psychologically abusing children in Illinois day care centers. Of course, there are plenty of good day care centers and many admirable and caring day care workers as well. One child abused or neglected in a day care center is one child too many. When a child is abused or neglected, criminal prosecutions like the one against Christi Bailey should proceed forward. It is vital that day care workers treat children with respect, dignity, and due care. It is well know that children will misbehave and fail to follow directions. After all, they are children. It is not surprising that a child will misbehave. Day care workers and owners should be prepared to deal with these kind of issues without physically abusing children. You can read more about this story at Illinois Day Care Center Hot Sauce Case Heads for Trial in July 2009.

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