The six-year-old girl scribbled pictures about things a young child shouldn't know. The developmentally disabled child showed up twice at the Minnesota Autism Center with bruised eyes.
The child was in such rough shape on February 4 that Keri Adams, a clinical supervisor at the Autism Center's Mankato facility, decided she should be sent home. The 42-year-old Adams reported the danger signs to the girl's grandmother and her boss in Minnetonka, headquarters for the state’s largest service provider for autistic kids.
But she neglected to contact social services or police, people therapists must turn to "immediately" when there are warning signs of abuse, according to state law.
On February 5, someone who'd seen the girl earlier that week contacted North Mankato Police. That call led to Nicollet County District Court earlier this month.
Adams was charged with failure to properly report signs of abuse.
The 22,000-square foot Autism Center opened on North Mankato's Rolling Green Lane in 2012. The nonprofit provides behavior therapy for kids, teens, and families. Though Adams represents the first person there to face criminal charges, the most recent incident wasn't the first time police had spoken to her about reporting suspected abuse.
She'd been reminded as much back in December when another situation required that law enforcement be called out to the center.