A former daycare worker has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor child abuse and felony obstruction of justice in the case of a toddler left on a hot bus for several hours last year.
Rosa Brigman, 31, was sentenced in Orange County Superior Court to three days in jail and 18 months of probation. She is one of three people charged in connection with the case involving Operation New Life Child Development Center, formerly located on North Estes Drive.
Former daycare owner Mike Cureton, who also was a board member with the Orange County Partnership for Young Children and a consultant for Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Pre-K Head Start Program, is scheduled for an Oct. 14 hearing. He is charged with felony child abuse.
A hearing for former daycare worker Dreama Caldwell, who also is charged with felony child abuse, was continued.
The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services shut down the daycare center in June 2015 after police reported that a 2-year-old girl had been left on a hot bus for several hours. The temperature that day reached 99 degrees.
When Operation New Life employees found the child, they tried to give her ice water and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich – which she threw up – police reported. The child was treated later for dehydration and released to her mother.
State records show inspectors had found several violations at the North Estes Drive daycare between 2013 and 2015, including a gasoline can and box cutter in areas accessible to children in 2014.
A bottle of floor cleaner, floor stripper and three cans of paint were found in June 2015 between the inside and outside doors to the playground. An inspector also noted that the facility had failed to document regular visual checks for sleeping infants 12 months or younger.