Bismarck day care operator convicted of felony child abuse

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) A Bismarck woman who operated a day care has been convicted of abusing a 3-year-old boy because he wet his pants.

Authorities alleged that 55-year-old Marlene Steedsman grabbed the boy by his ears, injuring them, and later tried to blame another child. A jury this week convicted her of felony child abuse. She'll be sentenced later.

It was Steedsman's second conviction related to the injury of a child in her care. In 2017, she pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of lying to law officers. She was still on probation when the most recent incident occurred.

She no longer operates a day care.