FERGUS FALLS, Minn. (Valley News Live) - The mother of a Fergus Falls baby, who was abused while in daycare, wants to know why the man convicted was let out early. It's a Whistleblower update you'll only see on Valley News Live.
Fergus falls mom of two, Kaycee Grant, says her youngest son's doing better these days. He now goes to a licensed daycare.
"I mean he's still afraid of grown men," she said.
It's a story we first brought you months ago—after Grant picked up her son from his unlicensed daycare last January. The then 15-month-old was all bruised and banged up.
Tyrone Anderson, convicted of endangering a child and domestic assault, was released after just 40 days. He had been sentenced to 60 days.
Grant says she felt 60 days wasn’t long enough to begin with.
"I've already tried to ask why and...I guess it's just the system," she said.
Grant, who was notified when Anderson was initially arrested and released, says she thought she'd also be notified when he was let out early after serving time.
"There is a no-contact order on my son from him,” Grant said.
But Lt. Jim Stewart, jail administrator at the Otter Tail County Detention Center and Sheriff’s Office, says victims are always notified when someone is first arrested and bonded out.
"Because when somebody's been arrested,” he said, “the victim has no idea of knowing when that person is getting released: if they could bond out at three in the afternoon or sometimes, you know, six in the morning."
But once a person serves his or her time and gets out—that's public information.
"So the victim does have the opportunity to follow that court case,” Stewart said, “find out when the case was adjudicated, when they go to jail, and they can know roughly when they are gonna get out."
But Kaycee Grant also didn't know why Anderson got out early in the first place.
"I don't think there should have been any good behavior,” Grant said, “because nothing was mentioned in court, or anything like that."
But actually, it was just that: "good time."
"When people are sentenced to say, 60 days,” Stewart said, “the courts automatically incur their good time. And good time is, basically, as long as you do your time in jail without any disciplinary issues, any major problems…basically every two days that you serve, you get credit for the third one, so you do two thirds of your time."
That’s why Stewart encourages victims to ask questions.
"Most of them have never been a victim before,” he said, “it's their first time and it's a confusing process sometimes...Maybe sometimes the court doesn't always let people know that there's credit for good time or credit for time that's already been served."
Grant says she was not made aware of this "good time" that would get Anderson out early. And she wishes the court would have made that more clear.
VINE—or Victim Information Notification Everyday—is an online resource victims can register for to find out custody status information and receive notifications of an inmate's release.
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