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Trial for Babysitter Accused of Assaulting Child Moved to November

Thursday, October 12, 2017 @ 12:10 AM

Posted by Scott Shindledecker

gavelCLARION, Pa. (EYT) – A Clarion woman accused of assaulting a five-year-old child will go on trial in November in the Clarion County Court of Common Pleas.

According to court documents, 25-year-old Susannah M. Sammy, of Clarion, was scheduled to go on trial on Tuesday, October 17, for the simple assault of a child she was babysitting in March of 2017; however, court officials confirmed the trial will now be heard in November. A specific date has not been set.

President Judge James Arner will hear the case.

Sammy is facing a first-degree misdemeanor charge of simple assault.

She is free on $10,000.00 unsecured bail.

Details of the Case

According to a criminal complaint, around 10:08 p.m. on March 16, Clarion Borough Police Officer Roger Wright was dispatched to the Clarion Hospital Emergency Room for a report of an assault. Officer Wright was told by a nurse that a five-year-old girl had severe bruising on her buttocks.

Through an investigation, it was learned that the young girl was dropped off at a Penn Avenue apartment occupied by the babysitter – Susannah Sammy – around 7:00 a.m. on March 14, and she was picked up March 16 around 4;00 p.m. Sammy allegedly told the child’s mother that she smacked the child’s buttocks on Wednesday, March 15, and there was a small bruise.

When the mother observed the bruising, she contacted Clarion County Children and Youth Services and then took the child to the Clarion Hospital.

Sammy allegedly stated that she struck the young girl with an open hand because she was lying, would not stop crying, and took too long to wash her hands, according to the complaint.

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