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Day-Care Driver Charged After Child Left in Van

Posted April 24, 2007

— A woman has been charged Tuesday with misdemeanor child abuse after she left a 5-year-old girl sleeping in a day-care van.

Authorities said Cortrina Conyers, 136 Cotton Paws Street, of Rolesville, did not notice that Akalya Kimbrough had fallen asleep in the back of the van on the way to Children's Adventure Child Development Center.

According to officials, Kimbrough had been in the van for nearly two hours before she was discovered. Conyers has since been fired from the day-care center.

Conyers could face a sentence of between one and 120 days in jail if convicted. She is scheduled to appear in court Friday, May 18.

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  • gi jane Apr 25, 2:09 p.m.

    who are we to determine if the child fell asleep due to lack of sleep the night before? she could have been tired from the events that took place earlier that day, afterall, she is a child. not an adult that knows when and where to fall asleep. and some adults dont even know that.

  • Heelz1 Apr 25, 7:37 a.m.

    the mom should have made the girl go to bed earlier, maybe she would not have fallen asleep

  • thatgirlyeahher Apr 24, 10:43 p.m.

    Again, the driver's address is public knowledge. If someone decided to go after this woman, they could have easily looked the information up themselves.
    It's just sad that it happened. Period. I'm glad the child is ok.

  • ncboy Apr 24, 9:51 p.m.

    wral seems to be alienating more and more people these days with the dumd things they do...no one needs to know or should want to know the address of the van driver and to the ladywarrior of whoever you were, people do make mistakes, even with children, and that does not make them all child absuers...sound like you might be the one with issues...anyway yes it was a BIG mistake but i really don't think the woman should have lost her job over an accident

  • cheekygreek Apr 24, 7:06 p.m.

    OK,the child is going to be psychotic for years to come,she will not be able to ride public transportation for her remaining years.She will need therapy to no need.Oh and I bet the momma,will need some help too.I see a lawsuit,wait n see mode.

  • ReelThing Apr 24, 6:50 p.m.

    Derrrrr, Thanx. I don't know. Maybe I was splitting hairs. I tho't the law differnitiated between the two. I was thinking abuse was more aggressive and willful whereas neglect is more passive and non-attentive.

  • Derrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr Apr 24, 6:25 p.m.

    Also, I believe the elements of child abuse include placing a child in danger of being hurt.

  • Derrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr Apr 24, 6:20 p.m.

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think child abuse/child neglect are pretty much the same thing in NC. I haven't seen any laws for "child neglect".

  • ReelThing Apr 24, 6:01 p.m.

    Child abuse implies malicious (willful). Looks like child neglect seems more appropriate. Am I wrong?

  • NoSanctuary Apr 24, 5:34 p.m.

    I'm so glad she's ok. This is scary and anybody...everybody that takes care of kids in any capacity needs to know the gravity of that duty.

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