Youth Services Law

Day Care Tragedy in Illinois

A day care employee in Illinois has been charged with murder for throwing a child to the floor, causing a fatal skull fracture.  It is impossible to know from the other details we have now, but this tragedy may have resulted from something as simple as a snap decision by a normally caring staff member.

Young adults often do not understand how easy it is to hurt children, even with seemingly-minor actions that would not affect an adult.  Day care centers need to constantly train their workers about the risks of corporal punishment and rough handling.  Enforcing the rules is important, but helping employees understand the reasons underlying those rules may prevent their forgetting them in a moment of frustration.

This is a terrible tragedy that never should have happened.

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