An Illinois woman who kept children in an unlicensed daycare facility at her home has been indicted in the shaken baby syndrome case of a child who was under her care, according to the Quad-City Times. The state Attorney General's Office announced today that 38-year-old Karyn McCallister was indicted for shaking the four-month-old baby, which resulted in significant head injuries for the infant girl. The child was reportedly in McCallister's care multiple times before the February 24th incident this year in which the daycare provider allegedly shook the girl due to the infant's crying. As a result of the shaking, the baby suffered serious head trauma and multiple subdural hematomas (a traumatic brain injury in which blood gathers in part of the brain). In this case of abusive head trauma, McCallister has been charged with one count of reckless conduct (which could send her to prison for 1 to 3 years) and one count of aggravated battery of a child (which could result in 6 to 30 years in prison).
As a father of two and an attorney for daycare injuries and shaken baby syndrome, Chris Keane expresses his deepest sympathies to the family and friends of this baby girl, and he hopes for her full and fast recovery. For more information on shaken baby syndrome, daycare injuries, and how you can receive free help during your time of need, contact Chris Keane of the Keane Law Firm.
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