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Babysitter who assaulted child sentenced to house arrest

Melissa Morgan leaving the Happy Valley courthouse Sept. 8 following her conviction for assaulting a child she was babysitting.
Melissa Morgan leaving the Happy Valley courthouse Sept. 8 following her conviction for assaulting a child she was babysitting.

Melissa Morgan, a Happy Valley-Goose Bay woman who pleaded guilty to assaulting a 17-month-old left in her care, was sentenced in provincial court on September 8.

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Morgan pleaded guilty to one count of assault in the case and was given two-month house arrest, followed by one-year probation.

As part of her conditions, Morgan cannot work a childcare setting, either paid or as a volunteer, she cannot have contact with her victim or the family and she has to report to the RCMP.

According to the statement of facts presented in court in November of 2015, Morgan became frustrated when the child got agitated and began “stiffening up” during a diaper change, and grabbed the child by the face.

Crown attorney Stephen Anstey said photographs of the victim’s face show bruising from Morgan’s thumb and fingers. Morgan covered up the bruises with makeup.

The court also heard that Morgan lied to the RCMP when she was initially questioned about the assault. Eventually, Morgan admitted to the assault.

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