Day Care Provider Faces Endangerment Charges After Accident
A day care provider from Vermont has been charged after a child under her care burned her feet.
Details of the Incident
According to WNYT, Jessica Quinn, of Bennington, Vermont, had used her fire pit on August 1st. She claims she sprayed the pit down with a hose the next day.
Police claim that on August 4th a three-year-old girl in the care of Ms. Quinn was running unsupervised through the yard where the pit was. After she ran through the fire pit, she burned her feet severely and had to be taken to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.
Quinn claims that she was outside with the children at all times but had run inside with the girl’s brother to get him a drink.
Why the Woman is Being Charged?
Police and an Department for Children and Families investigator claim that upon visiting Quinn’s home, they discovered that the fire pit had no barrier, sitting to the left of the deck. The backyard also had children’s toys lying about.
According to the child’s mother, the young girl had suffered from both second and third degree burns on her feet. She may need skin grafts.
32-year-old Quinn came before a judge on Monday in Vermont’s Superior Court. She pleaded not guilty to charges of reckless endangerment and cruelty to a child under 10. She was released under the condition of not having any fires on her property.