Would You Report Child Neglect If There Was A Chance of Being Sued? Share your thoughts!
Daycare owner Tammy Larabies suspected that one of her students was being neglected at home. To address the issue she took the matter to Children’s Aid Society. She was then presented with a $10,000 lawsuit from the parents for “emotional distress”. The parents of the child successfully won the $10,000 lawsuit and were awarded costs. This decision may become a precedent case.
The small claims judge found that Tammy did not have “reasonable grounds” to suspect neglect. The judge found that Tammy had overreacted and should have had evidence before calling the Children’s Aid Society. Consequently, Tammy is no longer employed at the daycare, in addition to a $10,000 lawsuit and having to award the parents costs for the action.
Conversely, the CAS found there to be enough evidence to warrant an investigation. Tammy was fearful that the child was malnourished as a result of his parents following a restrictive…
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