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Attorney Zane Cagle

Posted on March 20th, 2009,
by Zane Cagle

Willard babysitter faces wrongful death suit

Posted on March 20th, 2009 by Zane Cagle

At the end of last month, prosecutors filed charges against Brenda Jean Caringer, a babysitter from Willard, MO, for the murder of 9-month-old Lucas Payton Theede-Bennett. The infant’s parents subsequently filed a wrongful death suit this month against Caringer.

According to Caringer’s statements, when Lucas’s mother dropped him off back in January, the child was crying and unable to be consoled. When he left him in the living room to prepare a bottle, she came back to find him standing by the coffee table. She claims that he then fell backward and struck his head. He continued to scream but was unable to sit up for several minutes afterward and then went limp.

Although her story of a head injury corroborated with the autopsy, the coroner stated that the significant injuries to the infant’s head classified as a homicide, not an accident. As a result, Coringer faces 10-30 years or life in prison for second degree murder with charges alleging that she, “knowingly injured or killed Lucas by shaking him or causing his head to be struck.”

Entrusting the care of a loved one into the hands of someone else is always a difficult decision, especially when considering that a single moment of negligence or recklessness can result in a tragedy. If you have lost a loved one due to the actions of another, you may have a wrongful death claim. The knowledgeable Wrongful Death Attorneys at Page Cagle are available 24/7 to answer any and all of your questions. Contact us today.