Parents Of Murdered Infant Sue Jailed Nanny, Day Cares

The parents of an Omaha infant killed last year by his nanny are suing the nanny and her former employers. The lawsuit by Christopher and Ashley Bell says the child care facilities where Sarah Cullen had worked failed to report allegations that she had been abusive to children in her care before.

The lawsuit names as defendants Cullen, Grow With Me child care and its former director Jennifer Schmaderer; La Petite Academy child care and its former director Lisa Hampson; and online family care service Care.com.

Cullen was sentenced earlier this month to 70 years to life in prison for causing the injuries in February 2013 that killed 4-month-old Cash Bell, who died of blunt force trauma. Prosecutors said the infant had two skull fractures and bruising and bleeding on the brain.


Sarah Cullen

Cullen gave investigators three different versions about what happened, saying that he'd bumped his head on a door, fell out of a swing and fell at the bottom of the stairs.

The Bells are seeking an unspecified amount in damages.

Cullen had been fired because other employees had witnessed several instances of abuse by Cullen. A state attorney said “upwards of 50 different times Cullen abused a child.” According to Ashley, Cullen had told her she left on her own because she felt there were not enough workers to the number of children they were caring for.

Also in a court document denied for use in the trial, numerous witnesses testified saying they saw more than 50 abuse incidents involving Cullen and children. Those testimonies were not allowed as part of the trial on the ruling it might prejudice the jury.


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