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Crime & Courts

Day care provider, accused of shaking child, released from jail

Katie Petrie
Katie Petrie

SYCAMORE – A Cortland day care provider accused of violently shaking an infant in her care was released from jail Monday after a DeKalb County judge reduced her bond.

Katie L. Petrie, 33, of the 100 block of West Amber Avenue, Cortland, said Monday she was confident she could post $5,000 bail – and did so not long after Judge Philip Montgomery agreed to reduce her bond amount from $500,000 to $50,000.

Under the terms of her release, Petrie can not live in the same home as her three children and is barred from having any unsupervised contact with children younger than 18, including her own.

Petrie is charged with two forms of aggravated battery to a child, the most serious of which is punishable by six to 30 years in prison.

Police responded Dec. 15 to a 911 call reporting a 6-month-old boy was having a seizure at her home. The boy was under Petrie’s supervision at her home day care at the time.

The child was taken to Kishwaukee Hospital and later flown to Rockford Memorial Hospital, where he was treated for critical injuries, DeKalb County Sheriff Roger Scott said. Police believe the seizure was triggered by head trauma caused by violent shaking, and the boy likely will suffer permanent damage, DeKalb County Assistant State’s Attorney Stephanie Klein said.

Petrie’s bond previously was set at $500,000, meaning she would have needed to post $50,000 to be released.

Her attorney, Peter Buh, asked Montgomery to take into consideration that Petrie had no criminal history and had secured a new job and a home where she would not come in contact with children.

However, a DeKalb County Sheriff’s detective present during the hearing Monday said that children do live at the DeKalb home where Petrie plans to stay, and that he saw them there in December.

Montgomery maintained his decision to reduce Petrie’s bond to $50,000, and advised her that if children do live in the home, she cannot stay there.

Petrie is due back in court March 31.

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