Former daycare workers avoid jail

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) – An unusual sentence for the two former daycare workers accused of abandoning at a Henrico park. Keona Camper and Niesha Cannon faced misdemeanor charges of neglect related to the June incident at Robinson Park.

No jail time, but a lot of work lies ahead for the two women who offered no comment to the media. But for sure they'll be doing a lot of talking for the next year.

The women will have to do 250 hours of community service. They'll have to write letters of apology to the boy's mother. They can't work with kids under 12 for the next year, and they'll have to go on tour, visiting 20 other daycares to talk about the dangers of not being responsible.

Rondelle Herman is one of their lawyers.

"I think the judge did an awesome job in tailoring his conditions to try to help the community and try to educate other daycares about the dangers of not paying attention or not being responsible," said Herman.

Camper and Cannon no longer work for Korinne and Friends Daycare, which remains in business, though they closed the blinds when our camera showed up. The daycare is still being watched by social services and a judge will be watching the case of its two former employees.

"If they behave themselves and comply with all of his conditions, then it's a possibility it could be dismissed when they come back," said Herman.

The judge also told Camper and Cannon to do a five page report on why rules are important. Camper and Cannon will be back in court next year to see if they've complied with all of the judge's orders.

The child who was left alone was never hurt.

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