Tantrums, biting, hitting and pulling hair are all expected behaviors among any group of toddlers. While it is expected behavior for toddlers, it is not expected behavior among adults. Some toddler-like behavior presented by adults can result in assault charges and other criminal accusations. One Louisiana woman has recently needed the assistance of a criminal defense lawyer following a biting incident involving a minor child.
The 28-year-old woman was employed by a day care center when the incident occurred. When the 2-year-old child’s mother retrieved her son at the end of the day, she questioned the presence of a mark on her son’s cheek. The day care administration admitted that the day care worker had claimed that the mark was made accidentally when the child bumped into her. Despite the claim that it was accidental, the woman was reportedly fired.
Later the day care worker allegedly confessed to causing the mark by biting the child. Apparently, she had become frustrated with the child and reacted with the bite instead of a more appropriate form of discipline. The child’s mother reported the incident to the local police the following day, and the woman was later arrested and formally charged with a felony.
People make rash and spontaneous decisions on a daily basis. Unfortunately, when those decisions result in the harm of another, a person can face unexpected criminal charges. Accused persons often find it in their best interest to secure criminal defense representation early when trouble is anticipated. Criminal defense attorneys can advise the best defense strategy as the case progresses through the court system.
Source: whnt.com, “Louisiana day care teacher accused of biting 2-year-old’s face“, Nov. 3, 2017