MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A daycare worker stood before a judge and pleaded guilty to three counts of unlawful conduct toward a child Monday.
A judge gave Mary Lynn Boggs one year probation. She could've faced a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for each count. Her lawyer said that Boggs was happy with the sentence. However, families of the victims were not.
"How she just basically got a slap on the wrist with probation, it just blows my mind," said Vanessa Goff, whose daughter was a victim. "I don't understand it."
In 2012, Boggs faced charges after an investigation into parent complaints at the Teaching and Learning Center daycare at Ocean View Baptist Church. Boggs faced three felony counts of unlawful neglect of a child.
"The moment I found out, I broke down and cried because that's my baby," Goff said. "I never wanted to put her in childcare but sometimes you have to do certain things."
The judge cited Boggs' otherwise clean record with the law as well as the fact that no children were harmed physically and other childcare workers didn't step in to intervene, which the judge said shows the degree of neglect.
One family talked to the judge about how their daughter developed post-traumatic stress disorder after the incidents.
"It might be something she outgrows or it might be something she never outgrows, but I think she has been affected," said Wanda Rabon, the grandmother of a victim. "Not physically, mentally."
In addition to the probation, Boggs will have to be on a child abuse registry.
Boggs and her attorney declined interviews Monday. Both Ocean View Baptist Church and its childcare center said they had no comment about the guilty plea.
A press release issued by the Myrtle Beach Police Department says that investigation began on Friday, Sept. 21, surrounding allegation of unlawful conduct toward the children in the classroom that cared for children around the age of one year old.