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Child Cruelty & Neglect Charges Filed Against Preschool Administrator in Plainfield New Jersey

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In a truly bizarre case that calls into question the mental stability of a preschool administrator came to light last week. It appears that the Director of Plaintfield’s Dawn to Dusk Christian Childcare and Learning Center, Adetokunbo O. Akinnaso, pulled a knife on two 4-year-old preschoolers who were misbehaving. Akinnaso threatened the children with harm if they kept misbehaving. The children were not, however, harmed by Akinnaso.

Child Cruelty & Neglect charges, as well as those involving endangering the welfare of a child, are defended by the Union County Criminal Attorneys at our Firm, including crimes of the second, third and fourth degree at the Union County Superior Court in Elizabeth.Following the incident, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office charged Akinnaso with two counts of Cruelty or Neglect of a Child. The childcare center where this occurred is a private institution, and the Plainfield school district has no role in hiring staff for the center, although it does provide resources for children who attend the center. The Union County Prosecutor’s Office learned of the case through the State Department of Children and Families Institutional Abuse Investigation Unit.

The Offense of Cruelty or Neglect of Children in Union County

The crime of cruelty or neglect of children is found at New Jersey statute N.J.S.A. 9:6-3. The statute has several parts, as follows:

The takeaway from this statute is that cruelty or neglect of a child – such as brandishing a knife at a child as a form of discipline – is a fourth-degree crime, which carries with it a possible prison sentence of up to 18 months, and a fine of up to $10,000. Accordingly, defendant Akinnaso may have to pay a stiff penalty and is facing significant prison time. The truth is that these types of situations usually also result in a charge for Endangering the Welfare of a Child. The consequences of this offense can be extremely and you can find a detailed discussion of Union County Endangering the Welfare of a Child by clicking here.

Union County Child Cruelty or Neglect Attorneys

The Akinnaso case demonstrates how an incident of very poor judgment can change a person’s life. The director of a preschool now faces fines and possible jail time for her offense. If you have been charged with any offenses against a young person, you need to have a lawyer who is experienced and understands how to evaluate a case to reach the best outcome for his client. The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall have decades of experience representing clients in all types of criminal matters, including cruelty and neglect cases. Our attorneys will evaluate the facts of your case and advise you on the best defense strategy possible. Call us for a free case review with one of our highly experienced defense lawyers. Lawyers are available 24/7 by contacting our Union Office or Cranford Office at 908-272-1700. With a charge as sensitive as cruelty or neglect, you need to understand your legal options from a seasoned criminal litigator.