Childcare employee accused of ‘binding a four-year-old with Down’s syndrome with duct tape’ earlier than laughing on the little boy’s ache
- Jennifer Helen Wooden, 31, confronted assault prices at Downing Centre Native Court docket
- She allegedly sure the palms of a boy with Down’s Syndrome with duct tape
- In a separate incident she allegedly tied his wrists along with shoelaces
- She denied the allegations however might face two years in jail if discovered responsible
A Sydney youngster care employee sure a disabled four-year-old boy’s palms along with duct tape and laughed at him earlier than defending her actions as a joke, a court docket has heard.
Jennifer Helen Wooden, 31, on Wednesday appeared earlier than Sydney’s Downing Centre Native Court docket on prices of assaulting a college scholar whereas attending a college.
Wooden denies the allegations and on Wednesday sought to have the matter addressed underneath the Psychological Well being Act attributable to a number of psychological well being problems together with despair and nervousness.
Jennifer Helen Wooden, 31, on Wednesday appeared earlier than Sydney’s Downing Centre Native Court docket on prices of assaulting a college scholar whereas attending a college
The Crown alleges Wooden was working on the internal Sydney youngster care centre in 2017 when she sure the palms of the boy, then aged 4, on two events. The boy lives with Down syndrome.
On the primary event, Wooden allegedly sure the boy’s palms in entrance of him with duct tape earlier than laughing at him. When allegedly confronted by witnesses in regards to the behaviour, she mentioned ‘it was only a joke’.
‘Evidently Ms Wooden thought it was very humorous on the time (as) she was laughing,’ Justice of the Peace Julie Huber instructed the court docket.
On the second event, Wooden allegedly tied the boy’s wrists with shoe laces, prompting the boy to battle to free his palms.
Wooden was dismissed from her youngster care job in November 2020, across the time she was charged by NSW Police.
Defence lawyer Catherine Newman mentioned Wooden had ‘long-standing psychological well being points that stay largely untreated’ and utilized for the matter to be handled underneath the Psychological Well being Act.
Ms Newman additionally mentioned the allegations in opposition to Wooden had been ‘made in very suspicious circumstances’ however didn’t elaborate.
‘(Wooden) shouldn’t be an excellent car for common deterrence,’ Ms Newman mentioned.
Wooden (pictured above, centre) tried to have her two assault prices heard underneath the Psychological Well being Act however failed after Justice of the Peace Julie Huber mentioned there was no clear hyperlink between her psychological well being and the alleged assaults
However Ms Huber rejected the applying, saying Wooden’s psychological well being experiences didn’t present a transparent hyperlink between her psychological sickness and the alleged offending.
She additionally mentioned the crown allegations had been ‘disturbing’.
‘The best (the psychologist) goes … is on the time she would’ve been affected by these problems,’ Ms Huber mentioned.
The allegations will now be handled underneath the legislation, with the Crown and defence proposing six trial witnesses every.
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