Nurse To Serve 8 1/2 Years For Assaulting Girl
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
November 18, 2004
EVERETT, WASHINGTON--Last October, the family of a 6-year-old girl with developmental disabilities installed a surveillance camera system in their Lynnwood, Washington home.
What the video system recorded was appalling.
Dianne Laurier, the licensed practical nurse hired to care for the girl, was seen hitting the girl with a clipboard, spitting on her, pulling out clumps of her hair, smothering her with a white towel and rubbing a dirty diaper in her face, according to the Seattle Times.
Laurier, 50, pleaded guilt last month to three counts of assaulting the girl.
On Wednesday, Laurier was sentenced to 8 1/2 years in prison for second-degree assault.
Deputy Prosecutor Kathy Jo Kristof said a number of aggravating factors, including the vulnerability of the child and the cruelty of the crimes, were taken into consideration when Laurier was sentenced. The standard maximum sentence is five years and eight months.
Tami Porter, the girl's mother, said of Laurier, "It's sickening and sad [what happened], but it's sad for her family, too. I know it's hard for them to lose her."