An Omaha day care owner has been ticketed on suspicion of failing to report child abuse in connection with a woman who later was charged with causing an infant's death.
Jennifer Schmaderer of Grow With Me Childcare and Preschool was ticketed by a sheriff's deputy on Feb. 14 for not reporting allegations of abuse by her former employee, Sarah A. Cullen, 25, of Omaha.
The allegation against Schmaderer is a misdemeanor. If convicted, she could face up to three months in jail and a $500 fine.
Cullen, who was fired from the day care in September 2012, is now charged with felony child abuse resulting in the death of 4-month-old Cash Bell.
She was working for the Bell family as a nanny when the child suffered two skull fractures in March 2013.
Cullen, who has pleaded not guilty, is awaiting trial. Investigators say she gave three accounts of how Cash was injured, but none would explain the severity of the baby's injuries.
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services placed the Grow With Me facility, located near 120th and State Streets, on a one-year probation starting Sept. 24, 2013.
An HHS report said Schmaderer was told by employees that Cullen, an assistant teacher, was routinely rough with toddlers in her room. The incidents came to light during an investigation of Cullen's conduct as a child care provider.
Schmaderer told HHS she didn't report the incidents because “there were no injuries and no marks” on the children, according to the report.
The terms of the HHS probation include additional training for all day care providers at the facility and development of a written policy for reporting abuse.
Grow With Me is licensed to hold a maximum of 89 children, ages 6 weeks to 12.