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Day care provider charged with child endangerment

Friday, April 25, 2008

Tracy L. Poston was charged Thursday with endangering the welfare of a child after Cape Girardeau County investigators learned she deliberately inflicted a head injury to an infant in her care, according to a probable-cause statement written and signed by Detective Jamie Malugen.

Poston was providing day care services out of her home for the infant, the 6-month-old daughter of a Jackson couple.

On March 28, the child began experiencing difficulty breathing and went into a seizure while in Poston's care, the sworn statement said.

The child was transported to Saint Francis Medical Center, where she was diagnosed with hemorrhaging of the brain and retinal hemorrhaging in both eyes.

The injuries were consistent with abusive head trauma, the physician who examined the child told authorities.

The infant was airlifted to a St. Louis hospital and multiple tests were performed, revealing several previous injuries consistent with the time the child began staying at Poston's, investigators learned after interviews with parents.

About a month and half before the injury, the child's mother told police she remembered getting home from day care and finding her daughter's mouth bleeding. Poston denied knowing how it had happened, but said there was blood on the baby's blanket.

"This was a violently-inflicted injury, consistent with shaking or other intentional application of force," the statement said.

Poston is held on $10,000 bond.

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Well,That is certainly a defiant expression on that mug shot.Not sure I would have let a woman who looks like this ever watch a child of mine.Seems in todays society both parents have to work to keep the Family

structure intact.Parents are reaching out for cheaper child care and sometimes it backfires.I have a bad feeling in my heart that this sort of behavior happens more often the we all are aware.I encourage parents to look very carefully at who is taking care of your infants and toddlers.I realize that this is a difficult task but I don't think I could handle a day at work fearing my baby was in harms way.There are so many things wrong with our society this just seems to be a very important one that needs to be dealt with.

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Fri, Apr 25, 2008, at 8:26 AM

This is not only child endangerment and physical abuse. This is an aggravated assault. Think of what she might have done to other children in her care. She has just now gotten caught! Parents who have used this woman's services had better start comparing notes. FAST! This will not have been an isolated incident.

-- Posted by mutt_jdr on Fri, Apr 25, 2008, at 9:02 AM


Your comment about "That is certainly a defiant expression on that mug shot. Not sure I would have let a woman who looks like this ever watch a child of mine". You are right she does look defiant in the picture. Just be thankful you don't have to wake up next to that everyday.

I take my hats off to Detective Jamie Malugen and his hard work in bringing this woman to justice.

My heart goes out to this little baby and the family members that must now have to deal with the consequences of this womans actions. I would hope that the Missourian provides further details as far as where to send donations and yet provide privacy for the family affected.

-- Posted by gman on Fri, Apr 25, 2008, at 9:04 AM

Oh my gosh! What happened to innocent until proven guilty? I know parents whose children were cared for by this woman. She has been referred to as defiant.

I see fear and disbelief. I can't believe the flippant remarks made about this woman and her future.

Absolutely, she should be punished IF she is guilty.

Come on folks! Lets get to the bottom of this- the truth! before we convict her!

-- Posted by rooloo on Fri, Apr 25, 2008, at 10:58 AM

All the facts have yet to be presented before guilt or innocence can be determined, but the fact remains that this child has been abused and, if the abuse was at the hands of the daycare provider, this would not be the first time this has ever happened.

In many daycare settings the providers have little to no training, poor pay, and a lot of children to keep up with. With these conditions, it's a wonder we don't hear about more cases of abuse and neglect. The state does not require licensing and provides inadequate daycare assistance for working poor families who can't afford daycare.

It's tough enough as a parent to leave a child in the care of another under the best conditions, and it is very difficult to find acceptable conditions within a tight budget. One way to help find the right daycare is to contact Child Care Resource and Referral at 800-811-1127. They have information on most local daycares, including level of accreditation. Then do a site visit - visit several places and compare. Once you've placed your child in care, follow up. Show up unannounced in the middle of the day to make sure the children are being cared for even when the parents aren't expected to show up.

-- Posted by MMP on Fri, Apr 25, 2008, at 11:07 AM

If she did abuse a child, I agree with MrSnootyMcHandlebags - an eye for an eye.

If she didn't do it and it's proven, those people that accused her have ruined her life.

-- Posted by dexter745 on Fri, Apr 25, 2008, at 11:22 AM

If she did abuse a child, I agree with MrSnootyMcHandlebags - an eye for an eye.

If she didn't do it and it's proven, those people that accused her have ruined her life.

-- Posted by dexter745 on Fri, Apr 25, 2008, at 11:22 AM

" Cape Girardeau County investigators learned she deliberately inflicted a head injury to an infant in her care".That tells me all I need to know.I just love the poster who tried to turn things around and blame the Mother and Father of this child.Some people are busy bodies but that went a bit too far.Gotta love that "case.com"....Truth be known,this poster could be found in there!Jerks are just too abundant these days.

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Fri, Apr 25, 2008, at 11:47 AM

These parents may have a background but this is an innocent baby. If the woman is guilty she needs to rot in jail. But dont go and bash the parents just because they have not even a serious background. That has nothing to do with the fact that this baby was abused. The only one i feel sorry for in this story is the poor baby. If i was her parents i would have thought the same thing and done the same thing. So right now i dont feel sorry for the woman in the lease bit.

-- Posted by tmt08 on Fri, Apr 25, 2008, at 11:47 AM

I think it's irresponsible of anyone to assume the daycare provider abused the child. It's entirely possible that the parents abused their own child, and passed the blame to the daycare provieder. And seriously, why are you deeming her defiant from a mug shot? I hope to god none of you are in law enforcement.

-- Posted by runswithscissors on Fri, Apr 25, 2008, at 11:52 AM

Greywolf, don't you think it's funny how they, "learned after interviews with the parents" that the blame was placed on the daycare provider? She didn't admit to anything, and there is no physical evidence that she did the abusing.

-- Posted by runswithscissors on Fri, Apr 25, 2008, at 11:57 AM

I agree with MMP all the facts have not been presented. But maybe the reason we don't hear more about these cases of abuse and neglect by daycare providers is because when a child is suspected to have been abused everyone is so focused on "the parents did it" that others slip through the cracks.

The Child Care Resource and Referral is not necessarily the only way to find the right daycare. If my memory serves me correct I contacted them for a list and I believe her name was on it.

In regards to Olive's comment about there not being any physical evidence. The baby had brain and retinal hemorrhaging consistent with abusive head trauma. What more evidence do you want?

-- Posted by gotcha1 on Fri, Apr 25, 2008, at 12:35 PM

This woman used to watch my son, and I am not the least bit suprised. When I would go to pick him up, all of the children would be quietly sitting in a circle on the floor looking like a bunch of whipped pups. 2-4 year old kids just don't act that way unless something is wrong.

My son was only six months old when we started, and he would just scream when we would drop him off. When we went to the next provider he loved to go there.

The single biggest regret I have as a parent so far is the fact that we sent our son to this place.

-- Posted by Thewholetruth1 on Fri, Apr 25, 2008, at 1:32 PM

I agree about the innocent until proven guilty. However, the person who listed case.net as a place to find info(I believe it was ‘dig deeper’)...no info was given about Tracy Poston on the website. Are you leaking info that shouldn’t have been released to the public...like the names of the people involved? How would you have known this unless you had access to records at the hospital, doctor’s office or possibly the sheriff’s department or police station? Would that be a possible reason for your post not being here now? It was very rude to expose the child like that. If people know the parents, now they know the child. I don't think that the daycare provider would have been arrested if there weren’t a completed investigation already done. They don't just arrest people with no reason or just because someone accuses them of something. That’s the point of investigations.

As for bringing up the parents past, both are good people. I don't know the daycare provider so I can't comment on whether she is or not. But as for their past...if someone has a child that may or may not be yours would you not have a paternity test done before you fork out 18 years + worth of money? And if I feel threatened by someone is it not within everyone's legal rights to file an order of protection against them? I really hope that the person who posted that case.net reference does "dig deeper" and realize how ignorant and hurtful that post was.

As for the childcare provider looking defiant...her mug shot proves nothing. It's a bad picture. If she did it I hope she gets what she deserves, if she didn't do it I feel for her being drug through all of this. But please remember that ignorant and hurtful comments toward either side of this situation are really not necessary. It doesn’t help anything.

-- Posted by December1 on Fri, Apr 25, 2008, at 2:27 PM

This woman used to be my best friend in high school and although we have been out of touch lately i must say that it changes the way you think about things when you know the accused person. I would normally make comments as some of you have and yes, my heart goes out to the injured child and no, i do not condone any abuse by any means...but it is just different when you know this person. You think not only of the baby victim in this story, but you also think about this woman's children and family and what this situation is doing to them and to her.

If she is guilty, yes, i think she should be punished for the bad choice she has made. But, she might be innocent and just might be caught up in a terrible nightmare. I just know that this has made me think more about ppl who are accused and not to rush to any conclusions and run and jump on bandwagons to burn ppl at the stake before the whole story is known. There are always two sides to every story and so many ppl choose to make their opinions after only hearing one.

Tracy, her family and the baby are all in my prayers.

-- Posted by sunniedaze on Fri, Apr 25, 2008, at 2:39 PM

This entire thing makes me ill. I am a licensed Foster Parent and Daycare provider. Have been for 8 years now. I love what I do. I have an open door policy in my home. My parents know they can walk in my door at "any time" and they will see their child taken care of. Please don't judge all of us because of one person and what they have or haven't done. The advice I have always given parents is this... "Go with your gut feeling." If something seems wrong , then it probobly is. A Mothers intuition is NEVER wrong. I do unto my Daycare children as I would want done with my own. If you call a daycare to set up an appointment to visit, they should not expect you to pinpoint a time you will be there. I only ask people to NOT come during the hours of 12:30 to 2:00 pm so as not to disturb the childrens nap time. Besides they should want to see the other kids playing and interacting with each other anyway. I also give references of past people I have cared for so they can hear from other parents wether or not they thought I was a good provider. If you are not given names of people they have done care for in the past when you ask, For Pete's sake do not take your child there. I know it is hard to find good providers for you rchildren. We have 6 of our own. This is why I stay at home and take care of others. I hope that this wasn't a case of a provider who has a licensing rep who didn't do follow up visits with her to make sure things were being done right. And that she wasn't keeping too many children, which in most cases stresses the provider out to a breaking point. That is unfortantly the case with most of these things that happen.I'm not blaming anyone here, don't get me wrong, I'm just saying. If she did do it, there is no excuse, and she should be punished. if she didn't and this was someone else, I hope they pay for what they have done. As far as the comment about going to her home and seeing your children setting in a circle? That certainly don't seem right unless they were playing a group game. 2 and 4 year olds DO NOT set still, Period. Even when I try to play games with mine i will end up chasing a few around. Thats kids. It's what they are supposed to do. I love my job. Do I get stressed? Yes I do. Thats why I do not take on more then I can handle, And I make sure I have an outlet to destress. No one says a daycare provider isn't allowed a day off every now and then. Or even a vacation. i know there are a few probobly asking if she does daycare how is she able to be writting this right now? Here's your answer... I'm setting in the napping room at a table with my laptop, and listening to 2 of them snore right now. 2 have there feet hanging over the cots and one has his thumb in his cute little mouth. Such gifts these kids are, and when I hear about these stories I get so upset, because people just don't relize that Children are a gift from God. They are only on loan to us for as long as he say's. It is hard to swallow a child being taken so young, but it was Gods plan, and now that Baby is by his side forever to be protected. I hoep the parents get some compfort knowing that. Time to go get snacks prepared before one wakes up. Thanks for reading my opinion on this matter.

-- Posted by Chrissi on Fri, Apr 25, 2008, at 2:45 PM

Gotcha.... I said there was no physical evidence that points to the daycare provider as being guilty. Yes, the child was abused, that has been confirmed. Try working on your reading comprehension before you become a dective.

-- Posted by runswithscissors on Fri, Apr 25, 2008, at 3:09 PM

Ooooh you got me Olive. Hope it makes you feel superior.

-- Posted by gotcha1 on Fri, Apr 25, 2008, at 3:27 PM

Tracy watched my children when she was in high school. Her mother took care of my children when they were young. I find it hard to believe and will be watching for further developments.

I agree that if she did it she should pay. If she didn't do it, I pray the truth comes out. I know from personal experience that the truth may not be what it seems and no one may ever know the real truth.

Remember that Tracy's family are also victims in this situation regardless of what the outcome is.

-- Posted by localmom1 on Fri, Apr 25, 2008, at 3:35 PM

I know members of the Poston family and this lady has cared for my grandbaby for almost two years. I have never heard of, or seen any sign of a problem. My questions start to arise from the mothers statement about the bloody mouth and blanket, A month & a half ago. How big was the bruise? Or how about the knot?

OR MAYBE why didn't the mother raise nine kinds of H---

at that time. This sounds like an easy conviction by an investigator, who wrote and signed his own statement, based on an interview he conducted with the parents. I mean lets face it, "Cape Gir. County investigator"???? Not a potential Rocket Scientist!!

What if the baby was involved in some sort of accident over the weekend, and the parents or just too scared of loosing their child to come forward with the truth??

-- Posted by Duckhunter77 on Fri, Apr 25, 2008, at 11:49 PM

Maybe not a slam dunk case. But I good SOLID case.

If the dr's in STL can give a time frame of when the "abuse"/"Shaking" occured, then that is enough for me.

In the begining I thought this was fishy. But now I think that something may be wrong with the Poston Daycare.

She can't even be around children less than 16-yrs-old until trial! That makes me think that if she bails out, she will still be under the scope.(just read casenet)

-- Posted by U_Might_Like_Me on Sat, Apr 26, 2008, at 3:33 AM

Not really the one to post mulitple times, but this caught my attention and Bothers me.

"About a month and half before the injury, the child's mother told police she remembered getting home from day care and finding her daughter's mouth bleeding. Poston denied knowing how it had happened, but said there was blood on the baby's blanket.

Please feel free to tell me that I'm looking at this wrong.

Mom gets home and sees blood on baby's mouth. She calls the Poston daycare, and was told "I don't know". Then Poston tell's mom that there is blood on a blanket??

The "I don't know, but there is blood on the blanket" comment makes me think> WTF???

Is Poston a drunk? a pot head? what!? I DON'T KNOW is not an answer! Find out!

I now understand that the Poston daycare undercut other daycares by $15 - $45 a week. (That is good business if it is done RIGHT!) I think I would rather go in debt, and pay double that, ...as long as my child is protected and taken care of. Not to downplay any cheap daycares(But this is really bothering me!!)

-- Posted by U_Might_Like_Me on Sat, Apr 26, 2008, at 3:54 AM

She LOOKS guilty to me

-- Posted by chsfan185 on Sat, Apr 26, 2008, at 8:29 AM

OK, lets look at " I don't know" Is this the answer the investigator got from Mrs. Poston during his follow up investigation, or is it just part of story he got from the mother, in what appears to be the only investigation he bothered to perform?

Also how wise is it to say that you would go in debt by paying twice as much to a day care to insure your childs safty? Is spending above your means a sign of good parenting? And does spending twice as much really insure anything, except your foolishness?

The child is 6 mo.old and I would guess that it was cared for by it's mother for the 1st. few weeks of it's life. So can a Doctor really determine the exact date and time of past injuries that occurred in only a few months. Also this seems to be another statement from the mother, obtained from the investigator's one and only source of his, all determining investigation.

If the Doctor could determine the exact time and date of said injuries, can he also determine that these injuries took place during the hours that the child was under Mrs. Poston's care, not during the hours that it was at home, under the care of it's parents?

-- Posted by Duckhunter77 on Sun, Apr 27, 2008, at 2:19 PM

Since when does spending more on Day Care insure better care, safety, and/or security for your child? Some people already have Tracy tried, conficted and in prison! What happened to innocent until proven guilty?

-- Posted by Ms.Red on Sun, Apr 27, 2008, at 2:50 PM

Such a sad story...OF course no one knows if Tracy actually harmed this baby or not, but it seems so obvious that she did. I contacted her in the past about babysitting my baby and she was very rude on the phone and I never called her back due to that. Plus I heard from someone else that she left a 6 month old on its belly for several hours and it was crying and wanting up and had rug burns all over its face. Who knows if that is true, but from the source I would say that it is. I wish there were more details about the story! I would love to know how the baby is doing or if donations can be made. Is Tracy still in jail? I hope that if Tracy is found guilty that she is shaken so hard that she also has retinal and cerebral hemorrhages! I hope that she suffers in prison for a very long time and has every second to think of the day that she hurt an INNOCENT baby for NO REASON!!! Good luck at your trial Tracy!

-- Posted by 1113 on Fri, May 2, 2008, at 1:05 PM

Of course there has been a huge investigation regarding this issue. People have been questioned, investigated and weeded out and therefore that is how the current person in question has been found. That is how an invstigation works...No one thought up a story to ruin this woman's life, career, family or anything like that. Facts are facts and there are certain things that cannot be publicized in situations involving juveniles...You all should know that.

-- Posted by Unsane08 on Fri, May 2, 2008, at 5:18 PM

Looks guilty and defiant? Come on people, look at that flawless hair!

seriously though..shaking a baby? come on....I know people make mistakes, every parent or anyone who has ever watched a kid made mistakes. I can't baby-proof my house for the life of me, but to deliberately cause harm...jeeze.

-- Posted by ZeRo1 on Fri, Apr 3, 2009, at 11:04 AM

OMG! Good Job Detective Jamie.

My prayers go out to the family of the baby. Moms work to help make ends meet and then this happens! Evidance is pretty hard to argue with people!

-- Posted by mrsgman on Tue, May 5, 2009, at 10:42 PM

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