October 02, 2018
DRUNK DAYCARE PROVIDER CONVICTED OF CHILD ENDANGERMENT
On September 27, 2018, an El Dorado County jury convicted Brigitte Ursula McAdams of five misdemeanor counts of child endangerment. The jury deliberated for approximately forty-five minutes.
On October 6, 2015, police were dispatched to Country Baby Daycare, an in-home daycare facility run by Ms. McAdams, after receiving a 911 call from a concerned mother reporting that when she picked her child up from McAdams' daycare facility, McAdams appeared intoxicated. When deputies arrived, they made contact with Ms. McAdams and immediately noticed that she appeared to be under the influence as she was unsteady on her feet, smelled of alcohol and was slurring her words. Ms. McAdams informed deputies that she was caring for seven children but it was later determined that she had only five children under her care. All of the children were under the age of three.
In the home, deputies discovered knives, capped prescription pill bottles and open containers of alcohol within reach of the children. One of the children tried to drink from a cup of vodka during the investigation but thankfully, deputies were able to retrieve the cup before any alcohol was consumed. Deputies also performed field sobriety tests on Ms. McAdams, which she failed. Deputies determined that Ms. McAdams was under the influence of both alcohol and a controlled substance.
The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Kassie Cardullo and investigated by the El Dorado County District Attorney's Office and the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office. The Honorable James D. Garbolino presided over the jury trial and will sentence Ms. McAdams on October 12, 2018.