A former York YMCA day-care worker accused of pulling a 3-year-old girl's arm out of her socket has been denied entry into a diversionary program that would have allowed her to avoid conviction on criminal charges.
Laura Trimmer, 29, of Persimmon Drive in Manchester Township, remains free on recognizance bail, charged with endangering the welfare of a child.
Trimmer, through defense attorney Chris Moore, applied for the county's Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program April 9, but the York County District Attorney's Office rejected her request on May 1, according to court records.
ARD allows first-time nonviolent offenders to avoid conviction by instead completing court-ordered requirements. After successfully completing ARD, defendants can have their records expunged.
Trimmer's next court appearance, a pretrial conference, is scheduled for June 17.
The allegations: According to court documents filed by York City Police, Trimmer was responsible for a YMCA day-care class of 3- and 4-year-olds on June 11 when the 3-year-old girl injured her arm.
Trimmer said the girl cried for 40 minutes after hitting her "funny bone" about 1 p.m., documents state.
Trimmer filled out an injury report, police said.
The girl's mother later took her to York Hospital's emergency room, where it was discovered the child had suffered a dislocated elbow, often called "nursemaid's elbow," which happens when someone pulls the arm of a young child whose ligaments aren't strong enough to hold the joint in place, documents state.
What doctor said: An ER doctor manipulated the child's elbow back into the socket, and noted in discharge papers that the injury was consistent with what the girl said during an interview with officials — that "Ms. Laura" pulled her arm, according to documents.
"It's a shame she was rejected from ARD, because she has a good background and a good education, and it's a non-intentional injury," Moore said. "There's no dispute at all that it's a non-intentional injury. ... Assuming that everything they're alleging is true, that's what the ARD program is for."
The attorney noted that the modern-day version of "nursemaid's elbow" is "day-care worker's elbow."
Trimmer maintains her innocence, he said.
"If we have to go to trial to prove it, we will," Moore said.
License revoked: Last fall, the state revoked the York YMCA's license to run a day-care center at its Newberry Street location.
At the time, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Welfare said the revocation resulted from a string of complaints to the state that started in April 2013.
The day-care center was allowed to remain open while the YMCA appeals the revocation, YMCA President Larry Richardson has said.
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