Hylla stays enforcement of $150,000 jury verdict in daycare injury case

By Amelia Flood | Oct 31, 2009


Madison County Circuit Judge David Hylla has granted a motion by defendants John Welle and Jane Tolhurst to stay the enforcement of a $150,000 jury verdict against them over an injury suffered by a child at a daycare center.

The two have settled with the parents of the child, Sossity and Joel Laleman, for an unspecified sum, according to their Oct. 23 motion.

Hylla granted the motion Thursday.

Sossity Laleman sued Welle and Tolhurst, the owner of the Carrousel Too Day Care Inc., over the emotional distress her son, Jordan, allegedly suffered when Welle stomped on his head twice in 2006.
The trial, held in early October, ended with a jury verdict against Welle and Tolhurst.

A former day care employee testified during the case that she had seen John Welle act aggressively toward Jordan Laleman and other children and that she saw him stomp on the boy's head.

Tolhurst testified that the employee made up the story because she was pregnant at the time of the incident and wanted to quit her job to collect unemployment.

The Lalemans originally sought damages of at least $50,000 and costs.

The Lalemans were represented by Mark Levy.

Welle and Tolhurst were represented by David Friess.

The case was Madison case number 07-L-147.

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