For Immediate Release
Dec. 15, 2021
A Kansas City woman, 65, has been charged with multiple counts of Child Abuse or Neglect involving a 10-month old child in a Downtown child care center, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.
Cheryl Tate, dob:12/8/1956, faces nine Class D felonies of Abuse Or Neglect of a Child.*
According to court records filed today, the mother of a 10-month-old victim reported that a caretaker at a Downtown daycare center had harmed her child. Investigators for the Missouri Children's Division began to investigate. And KCPD detectives observed bruising to his back and other injuries. The defendant was observed on video to be loud and aggressive in her movements and language with the children. Staff at Children's Mercy Hospital diagnosed the the child had been the victim of child physical abuse. Video surveillance also showed the defendant pushing on the child's head, slamming him down, slapping him and dropping the young boy. The defendant told police she had been working there three weeks and had not worried that she was injuring the child.
The case remains under investigation.
Prosecutors requested a $25,000 bond.
For more information, contact:
Director of Communication
Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office
Jean Peters Baker, Prosecutor
Work : (816) 881-3812
Mobile : (816) 674-3954
*Charges are only accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until the defendant is either found guilty or has pleaded.