State drops case against Hudson day care worker in child injury case

Brittni Dowthitt (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Brittni Dowthitt (Source: Angelina County Jail)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The state has dropped criminal charges against a Hudson day care worker who was accused in a baby's skull injuries after the baby fell off a changing table in September 2012.

Brittni Elaine Dowthitt, 28, had been charged with first-degree injury to a child and state-jail felony endangering a child.

District Attorney Art Bauereiss said the charge was dropped last Wednesday after the parents of Ragan Brasher made the request.

"Brittni is very relieved," Attorney Lisa Flournoy said. This has weighed heavy on her heart, not only because she was facing criminal charges but also because the incident ever occurred."

The parents of the baby said that they dropped the charges after months of careful consideration.

"We don't think Brittni should be punishedsince no one else at the daycare was held accountable for their actions," father Zachery Brasher said.

Taylor Sullivan said her nine-month-old baby, Raegan, fell off the table on Sept. 6, 2012. She did not learn of the fall until the next day, when one of the workers mentioned the fall to her. The report states the day care director did not contact the parents the next day when she saw a "mushy" bump on the baby's head.

The state shut down Wild About Kids Day Care in November.

The day care's owner, Jessica Jane Bridwell, of Lufkin, was also charged with state-jail felony child endangerment, after she was accused of being negligent in reporting and seeking care for Raegan. A jury found her not guilty of the crime in August.

Court records show a civil lawsuit in the matter is pending.

The civil Lawsuit alleging that Bridwell  failed to keep Raegan Brasher safe from harm, free from injury, failed to provide competent caregivers, failed to properly supervise children in it's daycare facility including but not limited to maintaining appropriate visual and auditory awareness of children in it's care, failed to adequately pad the floor around the changing tables and failed to immediately disclose the nature of Raegan's injuries to her parents

Sullivan, her attorney and Dowthitt's attorneys were not immediately available for comment Monday morning.

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