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.
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.
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.
The charge related to an incident that happened on 23 July 2013 at Giraffe Creche in Belarmine, Stepaside, Dublin.
Two children left the premises and were found by a local resident on grass 170 metres away from the creche sometime later.
It happened while farm animals were being shown to children at the creche.
Today, Judge Hugh O'Donnell dismissed the charges.
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.
Afterwards, Ms Witkowska made no comment outside the court.