‘Community service for child abuse is unacceptable:’ Parents outraged after former daycare worker avoids jail time

TOWN OF NEWFANE (WIVB) – Parents in Newfane are outraged after the woman they say abused their children at a local daycare will perform community service instead of going to jail.

22 year-old Victoria Stanton was sentenced on Tuesday to 100 hours of community service. She’s being charged with harassing several children at a daycare in Newfane. Parents who were at court today say that sentencing is not enough.

“It’s insanity. At the end of the day when you think about it, community service for child abuse is unacceptable,” said Mallory Bumpers-Wojewoda, whose child was abused at the daycare.

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Bumpers-Wojewoda, Kathy Chenez-Stefanko and Kelly Ciappa are fighting for justice for their children. They say their children were physically and mentally abused at Sweet Angels Daycare in Newfane.

“This was physical abuse, it wasn’t that they were just mean to our children, they hit our kids,” Chenez-Stefanko said.

Stanton pleaded guilty to two counts of harassment. She was sentenced to 100 hours of community service, 50 for each child she abused.

Parents are appalled.

“It’s going to take our children a lot longer than 50 hours to ever recover,” Bumpers-Wojewoda said. “All of us are in the same predicament. Our children have to see a counselor on a weekly basis, psychiatrist on a weekly basis.”

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“It made us a joke as parents. We have to answer to this. When they get older and they ask, what was the consequence for why they have nightmares? We have too tell them, this is what they gave them. Makes us feel like a failure as their moms,” Chenez-Stefanko said.

66-year-old Karon Anterline and 22-year-old Alexis Clevely were also accused of endangering the welfare of children at Sweet Angels Daycare.

Parents say they’re going to keep fighting for justice for their children. They’re working with local lawmakers to hold people accountable.

“So there can be stricter laws that will actually have force taken with them. The judicial system will move forward and prosecute these individuals who are harming our children,” Bumpers-Wojewoda.

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