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PALMDALE: Special Needs Child Mercedes Abused By Daycare Provider At Tierra Bonita Park In Lancaster


Jun 20, 2019

Special Needs Child Mercedes Abused By Daycare Provider At Tierra Bonita Park In Lancaster: Ashley Holmes, Mother of The Victim, Wants Answers

PALMDALE, CALIFORNIA (June 20, 2019) – The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Lancaster station is investigating a daycare provider after a video shows a woman abusing a 9-year-old special needs child identified as Mercedes.

The video shows the woman at Tierra Bonita Park in Lancaster hitting the special needs child who has cerebral palsy and is autistic. The woman who allegedly abused the child has been cited by the Department of Social Services, DSS 9 times.

There is currently an effort to have her license revoked. Ashley Holmes is the victim’s mother and now plans on pressing charges. 

An investigation into the incident remains ongoing at this time. 

Liability In Daycare Assaults

Companies that take care of children have a legal responsibility to take measures to make sure that they are safe. According to the California Civil Code § 1714 subsection (a), “Everyone is responsible, not only for the result of his or her willful acts, but also for an injury occasioned to another by his or her want of ordinary care or skill in the management of his or her property or person, except so far as the latter has, willfully or by want of ordinary care, brought the injury upon himself or herself.”

Children with special needs at a higher risk of being abuse. According to Autism Speak, “While no one knows for sure, it is estimated that children with disabilities are more than twice as likely to be physically or sexually abused as their typically-abled peers.” The family of any child that is injured through the malice of a daycare provider can hold them accountable through a civil claim. Depending on the facts of any case, criminal charges may also apply. A personal injury attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your options are. 

Getting Help After A Daycare Assault

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to Mercedes and her mother Ashley Holmes. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened. It is unconscionable that someone in charge of the care of children would allegedly harm them in this way. It is our sincere hope that the Department of Social Services will take swift action to prevent similar incidents down the road. 

If your child has been abused by a daycare provider there are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that perpetrators are held to account and that victims get the justice that they deserve. In fact, we’ve successfully resolved thousands of claims on behalf of our clients. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285. 

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