HENRICO, VA—A judge has dropped the charges against one Henrico County daycare worker after a child in her care was found wandering alone in a park.
Niesha Cannon and Keona Camper, former workers at Korrine and Friends daycare, were charged with misdemeanor child neglect after leaving a three-year-old boy alone in Robinson Park in June of 2011.
One year ago, a judge said there was enough evidence to convict both women, but said he would drop the charges if the women completed various assignments.
Those assignments included visiting area daycares to tell their story, as well as writing a five-page report for the judge about following rules and protocol.
A judge dropped the charges against Niesha Cannon after Cannon completed all of her required work.
Keona Camper did not complete the necessary assignment for the judge to drop the charges, the judge ruled Friday.
Camper told the judge she'd written the required five-page paper but had left it at home on a USB drive. Camper also told the judge she'd completed 100 of the required 250 hours of community service, but when asked by the judge where she'd completed the work, she was unable to provide an answer and could not say who had supervised her work. A judge also said Camper never contacted her probation officer.
Camper was sentenced to 12 months in jail. The judge suspended all but two months and 10 days of her sentence.
Once Camper is released from jail, she must complete the previously assigned requirements that she failed to complete, the judge ruled. The judge said if she did not complete the assignments by March 15, 2013, she would be forced to serve the full jail sentence.
The three-year-old child was found unharmed in a bathroom at the park.
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