Salisbury day care employees facing charges
Two women are accused of not properly supervising a child in a Salisbury day care, allowing another child to jump on the boy’s head repeatedly.
Meyersdale Borough police charged Lori A. Menges, 44, and Sierra Nichole Menges, 20, both of Grant Street, Salisbury, with two counts each of felony endangering the welfare of children.
Police were called March 15 to the Lori Menges Daycare along Grant Street to investigate after a child was flown to UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
According to police, the child was lying on the floor in a corner where a large teddy bear was located. Lori Menges was watching the area at this time. She then left the area and went to the bathroom to change another child’s diaper, leaving Sierra Menges to watch both her area and another area with children, according to police.
Sierra Menges was standing in the main entrance looking over waist-high lockers with a fish tank on top.
“Standing in the area Sierra stated all that was able to be seen was the head of the giant teddy bear,” police wrote in a probable-cause affidavit.
Sierra Menges told police that she was walking back and forth, observing both areas of the day care, when she saw a child jumping on the head of the victim. Police were told that the incident was reported immediately to the child’s mother and an ambulance was called.
Emergency medical personnel asked that the child be flown to Children’s Hospital because of swelling and bruising on his head.
The child had reddening of the skin, forehead bruises, abrasions and lacerations, and additional bruises to both eyelids, the left eye and the nose, along with dried blood, according to the hospital.
According to police, the child was under the day care’s supervision for about 15 minutes before suffering the injuries. Although the child is not identified in court documents, police indicated that he is less than 6 years old.
A woman who answered the phone at the day care Friday said that they had been advised by legal counsel not to comment; however, once the case is completed, they would be happy to sit down and do a story. She did not identify herself.
Online court documents do not list an attorney for either woman. Both are free on nonmonetary bonds.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:45 p.m. Thursday before District Judge Douglas McCall Bell in Meyersdale.