Woman Charged With Felony Child Abuse

7 years 3 months 1 week ago Monday, September 06 2010 Sep 6, 2010 Monday, September 06, 2010 9:33:42 PM CDT September 06, 2010 in News
TAOS- Shelley Richter, a daycare provider is accused of striking and shaking an infant. Lawmen in Cole County claim it's a case of shaken baby syndrome. Richter was watching the baby in her home which doubles as the daycare center she runs.

Now the 7-month old baby is at University Hospital. It all happened because of a day of daycare gone horribly wrong one way or another.

"I was shocked... just shocked," says Richter's neighbor Diane Tosh. "The Shelley I know is not capable of doing that."

Court documents says Richter claims she took a step backwards, tipped over a toddler she had not seen behind her. She said she started to fall backwards toward the ground and as she was falling, she must have let go of the baby causing him to fall to the ground.

Richter stated the baby was crying and she picked him up immediately. Next she says he went limp so she blew in his face and let go of his head.

But, the doctors and prosecutors in the case say otherwise.

"She has been charged by our office with abuse of a child, which is a class B felony, for causing injuries to the child consistent with which is sometimes reported as shaken baby," says Mark Richardson, prosecuting attorney.

Doctors say the baby had one new subdural hematoma and severe retinal hemorrhages. "These kinds of injuries can cause seizures," says Richardson.

The prosecutors says Richter's explanation is not consistent with the medical diagnoses which indicates shaken baby syndrome.

The baby's name has not yet been released.





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