Woman sues after child was allegedly beaten at school for soiling diaper

By Dan Harkins | Jul 28, 2015

The guardian of an elementary school child is suing the employing agency of a woman who the guardian alleges beat the child for dirtying his diaper, though the woman was found not guilty of criminal charges related to the incident.

Alyssa Negrete, as guardian of the child identified in the court file as G.N., filed a complaint July 22 in Cook County Circuit Court against Willemoore Inc., doing business as Health Force of Greater Chicago.

On Jan. 26, 2011, G.N. was 7 years old and a student at Lincoln Elementary School in Cicero. According to the lawsuit, an employee of the school, Stephanie Hartley, was assisting G.N. when Hartley allegedly "violently attacked G.N., forcefully hitting him about his body because he soiled his diaper."

G.N. allegedly suffered bruises, and pain and suffering. Hartley was arrested and charged with battery to a child, for which she was found not guilty of the charges, the lawsuit states. 

The plaintiff, citing battery and negligent hiring, seeks damages of more than $100,000, plus costs. 

The plaintiff is represented by Richard Dvorak of Dvorak Law Offices LLC in Willowbrook.

Cook County Circuit Court case number 2015L007455.

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