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Baby's head injury leads to charge against daycare provider

An unlicensed Woodbury daycare provider makes her first court appearance this month on allegations that an infant was injured while in her care and that she initially denied knowledge of the incident to the parents.

Washington County prosecutors in March charged Cathryn Lynn Domarus, 32, with one count of gross misdemeanor child neglect. The charge carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $3,000 fine.

According to a criminal complaint, a woman went to pick up her 6-month-old child from daycare at Domarus’ home on Nov. 13, 2013. Though nothing out of the ordinary was mentioned when the child was picked up, the woman noticed the child looked pale and lethargic during the drive home, according to the complaint.

The child vomited after being fed and was later found by the woman to have a bruised head.

The complaint states the woman called Domarus before taking the child to the doctor. Domarus allegedly denied knowledge of anything that led to the injury.

Doctors later discovered the infant had sustained a large skull fracture. Assistant Washington County Attorney Fred Fink said it is “too early to tell” if the injury resulted in any permanent damage.

A Woodbury investigator spoke with Domarus about the incident. According to the complaint, she admitted to changing the child’s diaper on a tall kitchen table when she became distracted by someone at her front door.

Domarus allegedly went to the door and left the child alone on the table when she heard a loud thud. The complaint states the child landed on a hardwood floor.

According to the complaint, Domarus “admitted that she had numerous opportunities to disclose (the child’s) injuries to her parents.”

A state list of licensed providers does not include Domarus. Washington County Licensing Supervisor Suzanne Pollack said there is no record of Domarus ever being licensed in the county.

The complaint also notes Domarus is on probation in Washington County as part of a stay of adjudication in a felony drug case.

Domarus makes her first court appearance on the neglect charge on May 19.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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