Saturday, 16 October 2010

SBS: Missouri day care operator

By Bob Watson
 October 1, 2010

The Cole County grand jury this week indicted Shelley A. Richter for child abuse and endangering the welfare of a child - a 7-month-old identified in the indictment only as L.S.
Doctors at Columbia's University Hospital said it appeared the boy was suffering from shaken baby syndrome, after he had been in their care a day.
Richter, 40, 6018 Helias Drive, Taos, will be arraigned in circuit court at 9 a.m. Oct. 20 on both charges.
The grand jury's first count is the same as the one Cole County prosecutors filed Aug. 21, two days after Richter was accused of “inflict(ing) cruel and inhuman punishment ... by striking the child's head and shaking it, causing brain and retinal hemorrhages.”
Conviction of the child abuse charge, a Class B felony, could lead to a prison sentence from 5 to 15 years.
The grand jury added the second, endangering the child's welfare, charge.

It says Richter “knowingly acted in a manner that created a substantial risk to the life, body and health” of the boy.
Conviction on that second charge could result in a prison term of up to seven years.

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