Sunday, August 22, 2010
Court case of woman accused of hurting autistic girl continued
This story is so close to home, that this little girl might as well be Mickie. He could never tell me if someone hurt him......and for all I know I might have already happen-there is no way he could tell anyone!
If not for video surveillance in the school bus, the abuse of a little girl with autism, might have gone unpunished.
TRUMBULL -- For a 9-year-old autistic girl, hell was riding the school bus every day.
That's when, police say, the 24-year-old bus monitor, Jennifer Davila, would torture the young girl, pinching her, poking her, wrenching the girl's small fingers as they drove along the route from the girl's home to school and back again.
For the girl's mother it was a nightmare come true.
"Imagine having a child who can't tell you she has been hurt but she has been severely injured several times," said the mother, who asked that her name not be used. "It's agony. You send your child into what you expect is a safe environment and then learn later it was in fact a place of danger to her. It's just unthinkable." On Tuesday morning Davila, of East Washington Avenue in Bridgeport, appeared in Superior Court in Bridgeport.
Davila is charged with three counts of risk of injury to a child and three counts of third-degree assault on a disabled person. Free on bond, her case was continued without a plea to Sept. 9.
"My client denies all the allegations against her and we are going to continue to investigate the state's claims," said Davila's lawyer, Stuart Hawkins.
According to police, on at least three occasions last April and May, Davila, a monitor on a bus for special needs children for the First Student Bus Co., abused the little girl. Police said there could have been more incidents but only three were captured on the bus's video surveillance camera.
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