Random Lake Day Care Infant Abuse Trial To Begin
SHEBOYGAN - A day care supervisor will finally go on trial in Sheboygan County, two and a half years after investigators claim she abused an infant girl.
"It's been horrible," said Kim Huebner, the victim's mother. "It's been a long, long two and half years."
Prosecutors accuse daycare director Mary Benz of injuring the girl's private area in June 2007, so severely that she needed reconstructive surgery. Benz, now 51-years-old, was then director of the Our Lady of the Lakes Child Care Center in Random Lake.
Attorneys have not told Huebner many of the case details, because she is expected to appear as a witness.
"I just remind myself everyday that I'm doing it for her," she said.
Huebner believes her daughter was just too young to remember what happened.
"She was only 10-months-old when it happened and now she's three," she told TODAY'S TMJ4 reporter Tom Murray. "It would be horrible if she remembered it. Right now, she doesn't seem to."
Richard Hahn, the attorney representing Benz, plans to make a decision on whether or not Benz will take the stand in her own defense after the prosecution presents their evidence.
"In my opinion the circumstantial evidence is very weak," Hahn said Sunday night. "There's no physical evidence that she committed the crime of intentional harm to a child."
The day care director insisted from the beginning she is innocent.
"She denies it adamantly and I believe her with all of my heart," her attorney said.
The case has been delayed by defense and prosecution motions.
"This is a rather old case and I'm hoping we can get it over with this week," said Hahn.
Jury selection is set to begin Monday. This trial is expected to be finished by the end of the week.