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Parents allege Huntington daycare center's negligence led to child abuse


By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Jun 14, 2018

HUNTINGTON — Three legal guardians are suing a Huntington child care center, alleging assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, loss of consortium, negligence and sexual harassment.

Jane ML Doe 1, Jane CM Doe 2 and Jane MS Doe 3 filed a complaint May 7 in Cabell Circuit Court against Trinity Academy and Daycare Inc., alleging the child care center failed to exercise reasonable care and caution for the safety of its students.

According to the complaint, the children, all minors, of the plaintiffs were subjected to a hostile environment. The suit says the defendant allowed a 12-year-old minor, known to have a history of sexual assault and battery upon other children, to be around the plaintiffs' minor children unsupervised, and further caused harm by concealing the matter to the parents and guardians. 

As a result of defendant's negligent conduct, the minors and the plaintiffs allegedly suffered mental anguish, embarrassment and degradation. 

The plaintiffs allege Trinity Academy and Daycare failed to properly punish perpetrators, failed to protect students from sexual harassment and abuse, and failed to properly train and educate employees on how to respond to allegations of sexual harassment and abuse.

The plaintiffs seek trial by jury, compensatory and non-compensatory damages, plus attorney fees, costs and all further relief the court deems just. They are represented by Amy C. Crossan and Neil R. Bouchillon of Bouchillon, Crossan & Colburn LC in Huntington.

Cabell Circuit Court case number 18-C-247

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