Former daycare provider charged with child abuse

BISMARCK, N.D. A Bismarck woman is accused of trying to “break ears off” a child after he wet his pants.

Court documents say 55-year-old Marlene Steedsman of Bismarck was running a daycare service when the incident occurred. The victim’s mother picked the victim up from the daycare and noticed her child had bruising and lacerations around the ear.

When the victim was asked about the incident he said Steedsman tried to break his ears off because he wet his pants. Documents say the child demonstrated what happened.

Documents say when Steedsman was approached about the incident she claimed another child was responsible for the injuries while they were wrestling.

On June 7, documents say Steedsman sent a letter to the mother’s employer pretending to be an elderly man in an effort to get her fired.

When Bismarck police questioned Steedsman on June 11, she admitted the child had wet himself and she did not witness the two kids wrestling.

Steedsman told police she wrote the letter because she “wanted her[the mother] to know how I felt, she kind of ruined my life.”