Lexington woman pleads not guilty to charge of abuse at day care

jmadden@herald-leader.comJune 12, 2014 

Sevola Marks

A not guilty plea was entered Thursday for a Lexington woman facing an abuse charge stemming from an incident at a day care center last month, according to Fayette District Court documents.

Sevola Garland Marks, 63, is charged with third-degree criminal abuse of a child under 12 years old. Police arrested Marks about 3 p.m. Wednesday. She was released a few hours later on $3,000 bail.

According to court documents, Marks subjected a boy to "cruel punishment and minor physical injury" when she bent his fingers back and pulled his arms back across his chest, restricting his ability to breathe. Marks also gave the boy a friction burn on his arm, the documents said.

The incidents, which occurred May 14, were recorded by another day care employee on a cellphone, the documents said. The documents did not name the day care, but WKYT-TV reported that Marks owns and works at Children's Treehouse of Knowledge on the 300 block of Ohio Street in Lexington. When interviewed and shown the recording, Marks denied the accusations and "maintained that it was not a big deal," the documents said.

As conditions of her release, Marks was to have no contact with the victim or the location. She's scheduled to appear in court July 18.

Justin Madden: (859) 231-3197. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety

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