Mother, daycare worker charged in abuse case

Cops: Daycare worker failed to report burns
January 11, 2008 2:58:07 PM PST
Two women were arrested in Ramapo, New York, Friday in connection to a suspected child abuse incident. In July of 2007, authorities say a 7-year old boy reported to a daycare center at 10 Country Club Lane in Airmont, where he was observed to have burns to his arm, hand, nose and left leg.

Police say the owner of the daycare center did not report this information to Child Protective Services or the police, as they are mandated by law to do.

Then, in November of 2007, police say the same child was observed at a ShopRite in Tallman by a civilian who found it odd he was there without a parent.

She contacted authorities, who responded to the scene. Those officers say the child told them he had run away from home and did not want to return. He reportedly indicated to them that his mother had put him in an oven and burned him as a punishment.

This information was relayed to the Detective Division and an investigation was commenced, which led to the arrest of the boy's mother and the daycare center worker.

The boy, as well as his twin brother, was removed from the home by CPS after the agency became aware of the allegation in November.

The boy's mother, 26-year-old Tiffany Fraser, is now charged with second-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

Joelle Lherrison, 37, was charged with violating the New York State Social Service law by failing to report child abuse. She was processed and released on her own recognizance.