FARMINGTON – A Layton woman charged with second-degree felony child was acquitted of causing massive head injuries to a 3-year-old she was watching.
Sandra Flores, 25, was found not guilty of second-degree child abuse in 2nd Distict Court, after a three-day trial.
Flores was watching the daughter of her roommate, Jacquelin Bowman on July 5, 2011, after Bowman had gone to work. The two woman scheduled their work so they could take turns watching each other’s child.
During the investigation, Flores told detectives she had put the little girl on the toilet as part of toilet training and left her there for 20 or 30 minutes, but checked on her periodically.
She said she found the little girl on the floor in front of the toilet, and sought help from a neighbor.
The child was taken to Primary Children’s Medical Center. Surgeons removed part of the girl’s skull to relieve pressure on her brain. Medical officials said the girl had severe bleeding on the right side of the brain.
The girl remained at hospital for a month and now is reportedly recovered.