By Robert Chaiken, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network
In Texas and other States, children, especially those with special needs like autistic children, should get supervision and care from responsible and patient adults who provide day care, child care, or babysitting services. In Texas, a baby sitter was in the midst of a criminal trial when he decided to plead guilty of child abuse charges. The incident involved the scalding / burning of a an autistic child that was under her care.
You can read more about this story at Texas Babysitter Pleads Guilty to Scalding Special Needs Child.
The use of water or hot water to discipline a child is dangerous and can be quite harmful to the child. It can also be a crime as was the situation in this case. The best thing to do for a babysitter is to step back and take a few moments to collect himself or herself before doing anything in response to the actions or inactions of a child. Whether the child is special needs or not, an adult should not take out her or his frustration or anger on an innocent child.