Daycare provider accused of locking boys in shed acquitted - New York News

Daycare provider accused of locking boys in shed acquitted of child abuse, neglect

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OAKDALE, Minn. (KMSP) -

All along, Jennifer Goldetsky has said she didn't mistreat any children at her Oakdale home daycare.

Now talking publicly about the case for the first time, Goldetsky says she's relieved a jury finally agreed with her.

"It was a lot to take in when you are accused of doing something and you are found not guilty," said Goldetsky. "But we're still trying to get over what happened to us."

Prosecutors claimed Goldetsky panicked when two social workers stopped by for an unannounced visit back in February and locked three young boys in a shed in the backyard with no shoes or jackets for 45 minutes because she was afraid of getting in trouble for taking care of too many children.

But after a three day trial in Washington County District Court, a jury of one man and five women deliberated for about a half hour before returning with a verdict of not guilty on two counts each of child endangerment and neglect.

"I was offered plea bargains by the county and I decided if I'm going down, I am going down fighting for my name and I won," said Goldetsky.

Now that the criminal case is behind her, Goldetsky says she has no plans to re-open her own daycare; however, she does plan to appeal the revocation of her daycare license to clear her name.

"Thank God its over and my family can heal. That's all I can say," said Goldetsky.

If convicted, Goldetsky faced up to a year in jail and up to $3,000 in fines.

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