Oak Creek woman charged after allegedly molesting 4-month-old baby at daycare

After a 4-month-old boy was taken to a children’s hospital with bruises and scratches, a caregiver at a home day care center is facing charges of child abuse and neglect.

Linda Moffatt, of Oak Creek, faces charges of physical abuse of a child and child neglect, a felony, according to an indictment filed July 8 in Milwaukee County Circuit Court.

If Moffatt, 64, is found guilty of both charges, he could face up to 17 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000.

According to the indictment:

On June 11, Oak Creek police were dispatched to Children’s Wisconsin Hospital for a report of child abuse.

The social worker informed the officer that the 4-month-old baby had numerous scratches and bruises.

The officer spoke with the child’s mother, who told officers her son attended Oak Creek Home Day Care on June 10 and 11 and identified the caregiver as Moffatt.

The mother told police that Moffatt sent updates throughout the day on June 10, but did not respond on June 11.

When the mother arrived to pick up the child at about 3:15 p.m. on June 11, she noticed marks on the infant’s forearm. When asked about the marks, Moffatt acted as if she hadn’t noticed them, but then said the child had come to her that day with the marks, which the mother disputed.

The mother asked her 4-year-old daughter, who also attended the daycare, about the marks and she said someone had bitten the infant while he was lying on the floor. When confronted with that claim, Moffatt denied the boy had ever been bitten.

“I want you to know from me that no one bit the child, I don’t let him out of my sight and I don’t let the children touch him,” Moffatt wrote in a text message to his mother.

Police interviewed Moffatt on June 13. She admitted to running an unlicensed home day care for which she was paid but insisted the boy did not leave her home with injuries. Moffatt told officers that a 3-year-old “violent kid” had been at her home on June 11, but said the 3-year-old had never been near the infant.

A medical examination revealed that the bruises on the infant’s arms were the result of being grabbed, and both bruises were in the shape of knuckles. The examination also revealed that the injuries were not consistent with the size of the child’s hand or the level of force the child could exert.

Moffatt told police she never holds babies’ hands.

“This child was not abused,” Moffatt told police. “Did we hug him? Absolutely.”

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