Father says day care failed to protect son from known biter

Kelly Holleran Oct. 28, 2008, 4:30am

Timothy Snell II has filed suit against the owner of a Granite City day care, alleging his son received permanent scarring after being bitten by another child at the center.

Snell II alleges his son, Timothy Snell III, attended Jennifer Wood's day care on Aug. 9, 2006, when another child bit Snell III multiple times, according to the complaint filed Oct. 16 in Madison County Circuit Court.

At the time, Snell III was nine-months-old and "unable to protect himself," the suit states.

Because of the bites, Snell II claims Snell III sustained scarring, loss of pigmentation and disfigurement, resulting in the need for future surgery.

Snell III also experienced pain and suffering and "has lost the normal life that he once enjoyed and should have enjoyed in the future," the suit states.

Snell II alleges Wood was negligent because she failed to adequately supervise the children, failed to adequately control the children, failed to protect Snell III from a child known to bite others, left Snell III with a child known to bite others and failed to warn Snell II that a child who bites others was enrolled in the day care.

In the two-count suit, Snell II is seeking a judgment in excess of $100,000, plus costs.

John H. Leskera of Leskera Law Firm in Collinsville will be representing him.

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