Malicious Punishment of a Child Charges Continued for Dismissal
Eric Bain’s client was charged with Gross Misdemeanor Malicious Punishment of a Child and Misdemeanor Domestic Assault in Anoka County. Eric’s client was accused of disciplining her pre-school-age son with a wooden spoon. Anoka County Child Protective Services (CPS) got involved and Eric’s client was given a case plan to follow. Eric and his client pushed the case to trial, and in eleventh hour negotiations secured an agreement where the prosecutor would continue the matter for dismissal (without a trial) until CPS closed the file on Eric’s client. This resolution was especially important to Eric’s client because she is a personal care assistant (PCA). Her charges carried an automatic Department of Human Services disqualification of up to 10 years, which would prevent her from working as a PCA. Additionally, a conviction of the charges would result in eviction from her apartment. With this resolution, Eric’s client can keep working, stay in her home, and move on with her life.