Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has announced an Emergency Order immediately closing Christine Freeman’s day care business, Chrissy’s Childcare, in Omaha. (Because Freeman’s daycare is home-based, we are withholding her street address–even though that information has already been made available in an agency press release.)
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services says an emergency order is issued when a situation is believed to pose a danger to a child’s wellbeing or safety. Freeman, who was licensed to care for as many as 12 children at any one time, is accused of injuring a toddler in her care back in late January.
According to an affidavit, the injured child was a foster child in Freeman’s care. The child was seen in the emergency room and then admitted to the hospital for what is being characterized only as “severe bruising”. Bruises were documented on the child’s face, chin, stomach and back. The physician who saw the child told Omaha Police that the injuries were “consistent with trauma”.
Christine Freeman was arrested and has been charged with one count of child abuse, a Class 3A felony. The maximum penalty for a Class 3A felony in Nebraska is 3 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.
Freeman has the right to contest the order within 15 days.