Day Care Operator Accused Of Sexually Abusing Children Gets 30 Days In Jail
Kimberly Hignite, convicted of abusing at least 24 children while operating an unlicensed at-home daycare center, will spend just 30 days in jail, according to local station WBNS.
The abuse the children suffered at her hand included neglect — police found children between 7 months and 5 years old, strapped into car seats and unattended in separate rooms when they searched Hignite’s Ohio residence — as well as sexual abuse.
Children told their parents and authorities of the "silly private game” the caregiver played with them, which involved “a tan and blue game board with pictures of private parts and a red spinner,” according to one mother.
"Your Honor, the sound of my autistic son and little girl being able to describe what that grown woman's vagina looks like and feels like, is something we regrettably will never be able to forget, and honestly something that I can never forgive."
In the end, Hignite pleaded guilty to 14 counts of child endangering and the gross sexual imposition charges were dropped.
Though she could have received a total of 180 days in jail, Judge William Woods “accepted a joint recommendation from prosecution and defense, and gave her 30 days in jail,” WBNS reported.
Hignite will also have to pay a $4,200 fine and the cost of her incarceration.
Prosecutors said they dismissed some of the charges in part because some families opted not to cooperate.