Childcare worker admits endangering youth with disabilities, takes plea deal

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COLONIE, N.Y. – A child care worker has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges stemming from an incident in which a child with developmental disabilities was injured while under his care.

NYS Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs Special Prosecutor Patricia E. Gunning announced that Eric Cargile, a child care worker employed by St. Colman’s Home pleaded guilty in Colonie Town Court Thursday.

As part of the agreement, Cargile pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor Endangering the Welfare of an Incompetent or Physically Disabled Person, and one misdemeanor count of Falsifying a business record.

Cargile was sentenced to three-years’ probation. He also agreed to resign his position and be permanently barred from working with individuals with special needs in New York State.

The incident occurred last January when the child under Cargile’s care suffered bumps, bruises and scratches while the two were alone in the child’s room. Cargile also admitted he failed to enter the incident in a logbook, as required by St. Colman’s procedures.

The incident first came to the attention of law enforcement officials when it was reported by St. Coleman’s Home staff to the Justice Center’s Vulnerable Persons Central Register Hotline.

A call center representative opened a case tracking file and notified Colonie Police who launched an investigation with assistance from Justice Center criminal investigators.

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