Daycare Provider Accused Of Sexually Abusing Kids Sentenced To 30 Days In Jail

Kimberly Hignite originally faced 22 counts for abusing at least five children over a seven-year period.

Columbus, OH – An unlicensed daycare provider accused of sexually abusing multiple children over a seven-year period was sentenced to just 30 days in jail on Monday.

Kimberly Hignite, 52, pleaded guilty to 14 counts of misdemeanor child endangerment as part of a plea agreement that the children’s families have denounced, WDIV reported.

She originally faced five charges of gross sexual imposition and 17 counts of child endangerment for allegedly sexually abusing some of the children left in her care between February of 2011 and May of 2018, according to People.

Prosecutors agreed to drop five of the child endangerment charges and three of the gross sexual imposition charges, then reduced the remaining two sexual imposition offenses to child endangerment offenses.

Investigators searched Hignite’s Grove City home in May of 2018, after they received complaints involving two children she was taking care of at her unlicensed daycare.

When police arrived, they discovered Hignite had left 24 children inside her home with her 71-year-old mother, WDIV reported.

The kids were all between the ages of seven months and five years old, and were found unattended, strapped in their car seats in various rooms of the house.

According to prosecutors, at least three of the children told investigators that Hignite made them play the “silly private game,” which involved sexual touching, WBNS reported.

Five of the children’s mothers testified about the abuse the kids suffered while in Hignite’s care during the sentencing hearing on Monday.

One mother discussed described the “silly private game” as "a game that Miss Kim forced them to play using a tan and blue game board with pictures of private parts and a red spinner," WBNS reported.

"Your Honor, the sound of my autistic son and little girl being able to describe what that grown woman's vagina looks like and feels like, is something we regrettably will never be able to forget, and honestly something that I can never forgive,” the mother told the court.

Another woman said that her infant was left strapped in her car seat in a snowsuit all day, and that she came home “sweating, dehydrated and hungry with awful diaper rashes to the point she was bleeding and I had to take her to the doctor.”

One little girl developed an “anxiety-driven hair-pulling habit” that left her “nearly bald,” another mother testified.

"My heart breaks anytime I think about how my children were left alone, strapped into their car seats crying,” she said.

One mother said that she backed the plea agreement because it was better than nothing.

"If we cannot get the justice we hope for without re-traumatizing our children, I can only beg that you take every possible step to ensure that Kimberly Hignite can never hurt another child again," she told the judge.

"I want the court to know that we accepted this plea deal because I could not allow Ms. Hignite to take away one more moment from my children's lives," the mother of two of the victims testified. "Not one more."

Hignite refused to speak during the hearing, and expressed no remorse.

She faced a maximum of 6 months in jail for each of the 14 counts, but prosecution and defense both recommended that she serve just 30 days in jail.

Franklin County Common Pleas Judge William Woods accepted their joint recommendation, and tacked on a $4,200 fine.

The victims’ families said they were disappointed by the lenient sentence, and called it an injustice, WBNS reported.

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IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Didn't the guy who assaulted the murderer of his family member in court get 6 months? This woman sexually assaults multiple children, and leaves 24 of them strapped in car seats all day.... and gets 30 days....... travesty of justice....

Hopefully they sue her civilly for all the mental trauma her actions caused.... if my child was one of her victims, and I could offer punitive actions and just get 30 days....

redpill
redpill

After reading all of the charges, THIRTY FRICKING DAYS IN JAIL???? Should be thirty years, at least.

JBo
JBo

Good to know how serious prosecutors in Columbus, OH are about child abuse. <sarc>

T00R
T00R

WTF is wrong with the parents? 1st time shame on her, 2nd time shame on them. In this case, shame on the judge for allowing this tragedy to unfold.

MFLindsey
MFLindsey

Who the Phrock takes their kid to a daycare without going a couple of times before hand to see how the kids are treated and whats what? Woman should get a rope and a tall tree. Parents should get the 30 days for impersonating parents. . .

AnnykaV
AnnykaV
  1. Unlicensed daycare. I know daycare is expensive, but come on.
  2. If you're dropping off at a home, and there are more than a handful of kids? RED FLAG
  3. Repeat.

As for the plea deal? Nope.

beyondpissedoff
beyondpissedoff

If these libtard "prosecuters" and judges keep up with all this lenient crap, vigilante justice is going to make a come back.

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

I blame the Judge more than the DA and the Defense team. That judge could have thrown the whole plea agreement out the window and imposed his own judgement within the confines of the law.

LynnSB
LynnSB

WTF >> 22 counts for abusing at least five children over a seven-year period -- and all she got was THIRTY DAYS ~~~ is this Ignorant Judge & Prosecutor out of there F*cking Minds ???

RetCPSO
RetCPSO

This has been going on for a long time but just getting worse. When you actually see someone’s criminal history, normal people think that’s exactly what they’ve done. When actuality they’ve done SO MUCH WORSE but it been reduced and dropped until it’s just a meager resemblance of what the person actually did. Plus this isn’t counting tithe crimes the perp committed and got away with. Hate the liberal D.A.’s and judges!

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

I am outraged that this POS got 30 days! What I am wondering is when you 1st put your child into daycare you check it out completely, I would think that it wasn't all rainbows & sunshine when some of these children started to attend that daycare! Prayers going out to these innocent lil babies and I hope they recover from this nightmare. Karma is a BITCH!

61mouse
61mouse

Well so happy the kids got to see the Justice NOT WORKING for them

Brasov04cluj
Brasov04cluj

As a Parent reading tbis , i would be locked up for Vicious Assault , and that sick SKANK would be recovering in I.C.U. ....for a FULL year.

Sailor
Sailor

There is no excuse for this lenient sentence. Will try to get the names of the so-called prosecutor and the so- called judge and make them famous.

Gramercy
Gramercy

THIRTY DAYS!!!! Are you kidding me? She has altered the minds of so many over the years...she deserved a much stronger sentence..and maybe the same molesting to her being!

AngryMama
AngryMama

I just cannot believe that she only gets 30 days in jail but the kids she harmed get to deal with the trama for the Rest of Their Lives!! Even if they are babies, it leaves them with damage!! That woman should be required to get Mental Health Counselling also!! FOR THE REST OF HER LIFE!!!!

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

This beach ball needs to be permanently deflated.

Stanracer
Stanracer

If a man had commited these crimes he would have got 30 years. This is just another example of the bias towards women in the justice system. In my 25 years of service I saw this happening many, many times. Sad!

rambo4ca
rambo4ca

courts have went the way of the 9th circuit court in that western side. I'd give her 30 days for being unlicensed. Strap her butt in a car seat while pulling her hair out. I feel bad for the kids but by the same token I am sure some of the parents got the discounted rate and should of kept an eye on their kids behavioral changes. LWOP for all child abuser

BarbMomof5
BarbMomof5

This is Not Justice! I did Home Daycare for a while and I provided a Background Check and Voluntarily did Drug Testing and also gave the parents authorization to go anywhere in my home when their children were with me. This woman should be locked up for at least 50 years or allow her victim's parents the opportunity to Beat Her Into a Bloody Pulp without facing charges.