In Missouri, Few witnesses, lack of provider insurance leave grieving families in a bind | Daycare Injury

On a spring day in 2010, 17 members of Mason Beach's family reportedly crammed into the living room of his uncle's O'Fallon, Mo., home and set their attention on an invited guest, St. Charles County Prosecutor Jack Banas.
The family reportedly wanted to know why Banas had not filed criminal charges after Mason died Sept. 10, 2009, from a head injury suffered just minutes after his mom left him at a Wentzville home day care eating Cheerios in a high chair. Why, a half-year later, had nothing happened?
But Banas reportedly gave them no solace that day. In a recent interview, he said Mason's fatal injuries remain suspicious. But there were no other witnesses older than 4 in the unlicensed home day care. And beyond medical opinions, there was probably not enough evidence to convince a jury that the 18-month-old died from an inflicted injury and not from an accidental fall down carpeted stairs, as the provider claimed.
The investigation reportedly remains open. The child care provider, Lisa West, has not been charged. She stopped speaking to authorities hours after Mason's death. Her attorney, Arthur Margulis, said the death was a "heartbreaking" accident, not a crime.

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