Bismarck day care operator convicted of felony child abuse
BISMARCK (AP) — A Bismarck woman who operated a day care has been convicted of abusing a 3-year-old boy because he wet his pants.
Authorities alleged that 55-year-old Marlene Steedsman grabbed the boy by his ears, injuring them, and later tried to blame another child. A jury this week convicted her of felony child abuse. She’ll be sentenced later.
It was Steedsman’s second conviction related to the injury of a child in her care. In 2017, she pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of lying to law officers. She was still on probation when the most recent incident occurred.
She no longer operates a day care.