Checkerboard placed on probation for endangering the well-being of a child | Crime and courts
A former police officer has been placed on probation after pleading guilty on Wednesday to one count of felony and one count of endangering the well-being of a child.
In 2019, Ignatius Damier, 39, was charged in Saint-FranÃ§ois County with two counts of child abuse or neglect. The incident allegedly occurred while the then Terre Du Lac police officer was off duty, babysitting his girlfriend’s child.
On Wednesday, Damier, whose case went to a jury trial on Monday, pleaded guilty to one count of felony endangering the welfare of a child and one count of misdemeanor. danger to the well-being of a child.
Circuit Court Judge Wendy Wexler Horn placed him under five years supervised probation for the felony charge and two years unsupervised probation for the misdemeanor charge. He was also ordered to take parenting and anger management classes within 90 days and forfeit his police or POST certifications.
According to a probable cause statement from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Damier was the sole custodian of his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter on September 2, 2019.
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The report indicates that the child was picked up from Damier’s home by her godmother who monitors her regularly. The child’s godmother discovered bruises on the toddler’s face and lower back and contacted authorities.
The woman photographed the bruises and reportedly informed the mother of the child of what she observed. The girl’s mother confronted Damier who initially denied any responsibility but then allegedly admitted to punching the child in the face.
During an interview with the police, Damier said that the child had answered him and he slapped her in the face. He allegedly indicated that he had hit her with his left hand and that the bruises on the child’s face were on the right side, in a pattern similar to that of an adult hand.
The report states that Damier also explained to law enforcement that the child urinated on the floor, after which he spanked her twice and indicated that his hand had landed just above her buttocks, which which corresponds to the bruises on the child’s back.
According to the statement, Damier admitted he was responsible for the child’s bruising.
Damier was employed by the Terre Du Lac Police Department in 2016 and held the rank of corporal. At the start of the investigation, he was placed on administrative leave. He was fired from the police service when it became known that charges had been laid. He was then hired by another Terre Du Lac department.
Damier could have incurred between one and seven years behind bars.