What to do if while babysitting a friend’s child, the child appeared to pass out and fell backwards and hittheir head head on the carpeted floor?

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What to do if while babysitting a friend’s child, the child appeared to pass out and fell backwards and hittheir head head on the carpeted floor?

I called the child’s mother and then 911. They transported him to the hospital where the doctors did a cat scan and said that he had blood on his brain. Police came and took a statement regarding what happened. They stated that a detective would be in contact with me. Do I need to get an attorney?

Asked on June 12, 2013 under Criminal Law, Wisconsin

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

It would be a good idea to retain an attorney. Clearly, the police believe there is at least some chance you were involved in an assault on that child (e.g. hit him, knocked him backwards, etc.). This would be a very serious charge; you want a lawyer to help you as you speak with the police, to make sure you do not inadvertantly say anything incriminating--and to then represent you if the authorites do decide to press charges.


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