Dayhome owner fined for neglecting tot

Edmonton Provincial Court (FILE PHOTO)

Edmonton Provincial Court (FILE PHOTO)

DAVE LAZZARINO, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:57 PM ET

EDMONTON - An Edmonton dayhome operator was handed a $100 fine and two years probation Friday for failing to provide the necessaries of life to a child under her care.

Indira Samuel, 41, pleaded guilty to the charge on Tuesday after court heard the details of an incident that left a child in her care with a fractured skull.

“Her practise was to leave the children alone while she went up to do things and her practice was simply to tell them to stay off of the stairs,” said Crown prosecutor Mark Huyser-Wierenga.

But during one of her trips upstairs, a 13-month-old went onto the uncarpeted stairs, fell and hit his head.

When the boy’s mother, Erin Chalmers, came to pick him up, Samuel did not tell her about the incident, telling her he was simply fussy all day. But when Chalmers found a bump her son’s head, the child was taken to hospital where the fracture was diagnosed.


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