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Creche worker case is dismissed
24 Oct 2014 14:02
The case against a creche worker accused of wilful neglect has been dismissed because the judge said there was insufficient evidence to support a conviction.
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Joanna Witkowska, 34, of Wingfield Apartments, Stepaside had been charged, under the Children's Act, with wilfully neglecting two children, who cannot be named for legal reasons.
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It had been alleged she did this by opening a door, allowing it to remain open with a box, and failing to supervise the open door afterwards, in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering to the children’s health or to seriously affect their wellbeing.
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The charge related to an incident that happened on 23 July 2013 at Giraffe Creche in Belarmine, Stepaside, Dublin.
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Two children left the premises and were found by a local resident on grass 170 metres away from the creche sometime later.
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It happened while farm animals were being shown to children at the creche.
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Today, Judge Hugh O'Donnell dismissed the charges.
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The judge said there was no evidence that the two toddlers had been harmed. He said he had no option but to dismiss the case.
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Afterwards, Ms Witkowska made no comment outside the court.
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