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Colorado Daycare Worker Faces 35 Counts of Child Abuse

Posted by Kyle B. Sawyer | Nov 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Whenever you hear about Child Abuse on the news in Adams, Jefferson, and Denver County, the image of a battered and abused child comes into everyone's mind. Physical and mental abuse of children is a horrible thing. But, is every instance of Child Abuse the result of violent behavior? The answer to that question is: no. As skilled criminal defense lawyers with over 25 years of combined courtroom experience, we have defended many good people who are facing Child Abuse charges who didn't engage in violent behavior. For an example, let's take a look at a recent case where a Colorado daycare worker is facing 35 counts of Child Abuse.

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A Daycare Worker and Bad Judgment: Is it Really Abuse?

In a recent news story, a daycare worker is facing 35 counts of Child Abuse in Montrose County. According to reports, the woman unlawfully gave 35 children a sleep aid. This sleep aid she administered to the children is melatonin, which is a hormone secreted by the body's pineal gland. Put simply, this hormone is naturally released by a person's body in the evening to prepare the body for sleep. The normal dosage is 1-3 milligrams – the daycare worker gave the children 5 milligrams. Now, we can all agree that this action on the part of the daycare worker is a big misjudgment. Administering any type of pill (natural or not), to children without their parent and doctor's permission is not advisable. But, on the other hand, I'm sure we can all empathize with this daycare worker. She most likely only made her decision to administer the melatonin as an act of desperation. She probably was extremely worn out and at the end of her rope. None of the children were harmed by her actions. Yet, she is now facing 35 counts of Child Abuse. No distinction is being made between her and a person who physically harms a child. She could be looking at years in prison as a result of her decision to dose the children. Is this justice?

Is this justice?

Facing Child Abuse Charges? You Need a Lawyer

If you are facing Child Abuse charges in Arapahoe, El Paso, or Douglas County, you need to contact a skilled criminal defense attorney immediately. This is because, when it comes to children, our court system is Should someone who makes a mistake where no one got hurt be treated the same as someone who physically abuses children?blind to the evidence and blind to common sense. A woman who made a mistake, but didn't harm any children shouldn't face the same charges as a person who physically abuses children. Yet, the criminal justice system will not differentiate between the two. You need an advocate in the courtroom who will illustrate to the judge and jury that your intentions were not evil or harmful. We fight hard for the rights of our clients. Don't stand alone in the courtroom. Work with a trial attorney who fights to win.

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If you or a loved one has received a ticket or summons regarding Child Abuse charges, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at the O'Malley Law Office for a free consultation at303-830-0880. If you or a friend needs a jail visit from an attorney, we can do that. Together, we will protect your future.Request a Free Consultation

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Kyle B. Sawyer

I have a passion for defending others in criminal cases. I am able to empathize with my clients and understand their emotions and fears. I have a unique perspective on the criminal justice system and I understand what it feels like to be wrongly accused of a crime.


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