- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2016

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - A former Gallatin County day care provider who admitted to breaking the leg of an infant she was watching has been given a three-year deferred sentence.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports (https://bit.ly/22gLcvT ) Erin Renee Cooper pleaded guilty Wednesday to criminal endangerment as part of a plea deal that dropped her initial charge of felony assault on a minor.

Cooper had admitted she “used too much pressure” while changing the six-month-old boy’s diaper in January 2015.

The boy’s mother says Cooper told her she heard a popping sound during the incident. The baby was taken to a hospital, where doctors determined his right femur was fractured.

Cooper apologized to the boy’s family in court Wednesday, saying she loved the child.

Both parents agreed they didn’t believe Cooper intentionally hurt their son.


Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, https://www.bozemandailychronicle.com

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