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.