Daycare operator sued over abuse

July 21, 2009 11:15:59 AM PDT
An Orange County daycare operator is being sued over allegations she shook an infant so hard she caused a brain injury.Cheryl McAdoo Alston, 53, of 202 Jubilee Drive, Chapel Hill, already faced criminal child abuse charges.

The lawsuit filed in Durham County alleges Alston hurt the 5-month-old boy while in her care at Cheryl's Infant and Toddler Preschool, which she ran out of her home.

Lucas Lear's family says in the lawsuit that Alston also failed to get the infant medical care in a timely manner after he was hurt.

The lawsuit says the boy has permanent brain damage. It's seeking more than $10,000 in damages.