NO CHARGES FOR TEACHER ACCUSED OF TYING KID: PLEASANTON (AP) — Prosecutors in Northern California have decided not to pursue any criminal charges against a former teacher accused of tying up a 2-year-old girl when she worked at a preschool.
Alameda County District Attorney's Office spokeswoman Teresa Drenick said the DA's office reviewed the evidence and declined to file charges.
The girl's parents have sued Centerpointe Church and Preschool in Pleasanton and the teacher, alleging she bound their daughter's hands and feet with masking tape when the toddler wouldn't take a nap. The lawsuit identifies the teacher as 25-year-old Angela Calcagno.
It says Calcagno later shared photos of the bound child with teachers and the child's mother.
SAN JOSE PROPOSES SETTLING FALLING TREE CASE: SAN JOSE (AP) — San Jose is recommending a $325,000 settlement be paid to the family of a 2-year-old killed by a rotting, 10-ton tree that fell on the family's truck.
The city's proposed settlement comes after officials initially told the family they were responsible for maintaining the city-owned tree in front of their home.
The silver maple fell on the family's truck on Jan. 22, 2010 as the father and mother sat inside with their toddler waiting for their 13-year-old son to come out and join them.
The family filed a lawsuit arguing that the city should have known about the tree's condition and taken corrective action.
TEACHER PLEA: NO CONTEST TO SLEEP PILL CASE: MORGAN HILL (AP) — A Northern California preschool teacher is facing jail time after pleading no contest to slipping sleeping pills in toddlers' water cups.
Santa Clara County prosecutors say 59-year-old Deborah Gratz entered the plea this week to a charge of attempted child endangerment.
Gratz worked at the Kiddie Academy in Morgan Hill.
Prosecutors say she told police she slipped Sominex in the cups because she wanted the children to sleep longer during naptimes.
Gratz was caught after a teacher observed her putting the pills in the cups. The cups were confiscated before any children could drink from them.