Daycare worker who burned toddler's feet avoids jail time

A 28-year-old ex-daycare worker won't be going to prison for burning a two-and-a-half year-old child's feet with boiling water in an attempt to toilet-train him.

Instead, Carolyne Gagné will have to perform 200 hours of community service, followed by three years' probation.

During that time, she won't be able to work in a daycare, or have any kind of employment where she'd be in contact with children.

The episode happened in the winter of 2010 at a Montreal daycare. Carolyne Gagné dipped the child's feet in hot water — an act the judge referred to as "immature, and probably by frustration."

The child suffered serious burns after the incident and had to spend six days in hospital.

Gagné initially faced a total of eight charges, including aggravated assault, but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of criminal negligence.

In sentencing her, the judge noted there didn't appear to be any malicious intent on Gagné's part. He also noted she had expressed remorse for the incident.

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  1. jonico posted on 02/06/2014 10:24 AM
    Can't believe this justice system - I haven't read anything about her going for professional help - does judge think this is normal behaviour? I can only imagine what the parents must think of this - I feel their pain. Where's the common sense in all this? 200 hours of community service will do nothing, this person obviously has severe emotional problems.
  2. norbert de melo posted on 02/06/2014 12:44 PM
    What a joke.....
    Where is our justice system.
  3. Kari posted on 02/06/2014 03:08 PM
    One word comes to mind after reading this.
    Absolutely disgusting to say the least.
    Moreover, this judge needs to find a new job.
    After her " 200 hours of community service " and three years probation will she back " taking care " of children???
    Probably because thats how twisted our system is.
    Poor parents of that little child who probably not only has physical scars but perhaps emotional ones as well.
  4. jon posted on 02/06/2014 04:46 PM
    funny how the system will jail anyone for cigarette smuggling and give them outrageous fines but hurt a helpless child that just deserves a slap on the hand and dont do it again
  5. Anonymous posted on 02/07/2014 03:10 AM
    This is such garbage. My friend just had her ex beat the hell out of her and he was released with a promise to appear, not the first time by the way. My ex was charged with assault causing bodily harm, assault with a weapon, breach of conditions and death threats and got a whole 150 hours of community service for what would have been attempted murder had he not plead out. He had no restrictions on the rights to our child and he assaulted him several times with not a blink of an eye from youth protection. Hey everyone! Go on and beat your spouses and children however badly you want because apparently the "justice system" doesn't care enough to protect the victims and punish the perpetrators! I love my country but this crap makes me ashamed to be a Canadian.
  6. ric posted on 02/07/2014 08:29 AM
    We no longer have a justice system. The courts are a circus with clowns and idiots. Drunks kill and get almost nothing. Child molesters and rapists get a slap on the wrist.
    There is nothing that deters the criminals, hence they keep offending.
  7. Anonymous posted on 02/07/2014 04:36 PM
    This is so disturbing...i can't help but think what if this daycare person names was hajib ot Liu or papadopoulos if the consequences would be the same. Id like to think not but I have no faith in our government especially since the whole fiasco with the charter. Im curious to know the nationality of the parents, and if the judges decision had anything to do with that....
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