In spring of 2009, Kerli P. (full name known to Postimees – edit) then aged 20 continually neglected her baby boy four month old. While with him, she was often drunk, not tending for the baby and leaving him emotionally alone. Also, the little one was repeatedly left with other people who were intoxicated while she disappeared for days.
A Harju County Court ruling lists severe injuries and brain trauma due to shaking, also resulting in severe psychical disorder.
On top of that, having intentionally left the baby with her drunken friend Marku in May 5th, the latter dropped him against edge of bed resulting in several bones fractured and haematomas. Without medical care, the child’s life would have been in danger.
Kerli was sentenced for two years in prison, of which she had to serve out three months. Marku went behind the bars for three years straight.
As recently as last Thursday, a Tallinn child care website featured a staff photo of Kerli with her other, younger son. Having her last name altered, Kerli was listed as childminder with a couple of sentences added about her person.
The manager of said child care said Kerli had not worked for them for 1.5 years now. «Our website was Wordpress-based, it developed a glitch and is not adequate at the moment,» she said.
And yet, she had been working there, a bit over a year. As assistant child minder, mainly cooking the food and cleaning up. Why did she leave? «I definitely cannot tell you that. She had personal reasons,» said the manager.
She explained they had been aware of Kerli’s past. «If an individual admits guilt and has repented, and served out the sentence – when we hired her, her background was clear for us –, then we made the decision with full awareness,» she said.
The child care, owned by an international charity organisation, substantiated the decision by desire to help the young woman. Kerli came from a complex background, having been raised in a children’s home. «We are well aware what kind of therapies she received back then,» said the manager.
The employers said Kerli tried hard to make it in life. She never came across as violent or aggressive while at work. «Naturally, there were questions and discussions about it, but our child care is very small and control over her was strong. But it was an opportunity given to her,» explained the manager.