PITTSTON — A county judge on Thursday approved a $30,000 settlement between the Greater Pittston YMCA and the family of an infant boy who broke his leg while under staff supervision.
The boy, who was 16-months-old at the time, was allegedly injured during child care on June 18, 2015, though court documents and medical records filed Thursday in Luzerne County Court conflict with whether the child freed himself from his stroller or was unbuckled by an employee prior to being found on the floor crying.
Luzerne County Judge Michael T. Vough ordered that the settlement be used to pay any of the boy’s outstanding medical debts or treatments that resulted from the accident.
A petition to approve the settlement states the boy’s mother, Jennifer Amorino, placed him in the “Child Watch” program at the YMCA so she could attend a meeting in the building, but was notified about an hour later her son was “crying and inconsolable” after he woke up from a nap in the stroller.
She was told no one saw her son get injured.
Amorino took the boy to the emergency department of Geisinger Wyoming Valley when she noticed he couldn’t put weight on his left leg, the petition says. He was transferred to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville where doctors determined the leg was fractured. He was released from the hospital two days later.
Jennifer Amorino and her husband, Daniel Amorino, of Solon, Ohio, lived in on Main Street in Pittston at the time, according to the petition, filed by Scranton attorney Lauren E. Dobrowalski, who represents YMCA’s insurance company in the matter.
In a statement, YMCA Board of Directors President Bill Burke said “the Pittston YMCA places the utmost priority on child safety in all our youth programs, and we deeply regret that this child was injured while at our Y despite careful supervision in our Child Watch room. We are pleased that this contested matter was resolved amicably for the Amorino family.”
The incident wasn’t the first to land the YMCA in hot water.
The facility came under fire in 2014 when its daycare license was revoked after a 6-year-old girl was left unattended in a van for nearly 45 minutes following a field trip.
A subsequent state Department of Public Welfare (DPW) investigation uncovered multiple violations including aide qualifications and responsibilities, supervision of children and transportation, according to archived reports. During that same investigation, the DPW conducted an unannounced inspection of the YMCA and found two violations relating to adult health assessment and content of adult records.
YMCA officials said at the time the facility would continue to operate while they appealed the decision.
In May 2013, the facility was cited for “improperly supervising children” after a staffer took seven preschool-aged children for a walk away from the facility, located at 10 N. Main St. The staffer left the other children to chase down a child who had tried to run into the street.
Following the incident, the YMCA’s license was downgraded. It was fully reinstated in December 2013.
Burke noted the Child Watch room isn’t associated with their state-licensed child care program and stated the incident won’t affect the YMCA’s child care license or program offerings.
“The Y will continue to strive to offer our members and our community the same high-quality Child Care services that have been a centerpiece of our organization for many decades,” he said.
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