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Case against babysitter accused of assaulting child delayed until May


The court hearing for a Happy Valley-Goose Bay woman accused of assaulting a child she used to babysit has been set over until May 26.  

Happy Valley-Goose Bay provincial courthouse

The defence requested more time to obtain disclosure documents from the Crown.

The 44-year-old, who cannot be named in order to protect the identity of the victim, is facing charges of assault and assault causing bodily harm. She did not appear in court herself today, but lawyer Jamie Merrigan appeared via telephone on her behalf.

According to a January news release from the RCMP, the child`s parents contacted Child Youth and Family Services when they noticed their child was injured after being picked up from their babysitter.

The news release listed the victim as just 17-months-old at that time.

Judge Wynne Trahey, who appeared in court through videoconference in Wabush, quickly agreed to set over a hearing for status and plea until May.

About 15 family members and supporters of the now 19-month-old victim showed up in court today. Many were disappointed by the delay.

“(It’s) disappointing I guess, but it’s our legal system. And we just got to be patient and wait for justice to be served, however it’s going to be served,” said the child’s mother, who also cannot be named, in order to protect the victim’s identity.

The mother said the past two months have been extremely hard on her and the rest of the family.

“It’s been torture to tell you the truth,” she said. It’s been very difficult. It’s been a living nightmare and I just want it to be over as soon as possible to be able to move on.”

The mother did, however, say her young child is doing well these days.

“She’s doing wonderful, she’s a very happy little girl. She’s a 100 per cent different child then she was two months ago.”

derek.montague@thelabradorian.ca

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