SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- (1/29/2018 The emotional and monetary suffering that the Barnhart family has been through over the past year has been tremendous. That's why they are now suing their son's former daycare worker who allegedly harmed him while he was in her care.
Back in March of 2017, the Barnhart's received a call that their son Grayson was unresponsive at daycare run by Samantha Dillbeck after she called authorities and reported that the baby had gone limp after suffering a fall.
"Walking in and seeing your baby not breathing, its complete and total shock. Sara Barnhart and Shane they thought they were going to lose their baby that day, so it was horrific for them," said Joshua Roberts, the Barnhart's attorney.
However, according to doctor's findings, Dillbeck's story doesn't add up. They say that the injuries he suffered were too severe to be a result of a fall. They also found hemorrhaging on Grayson's brain that occurred weeks prior to the accident.
Authorities charged Dillbeck with felony child abuse after they concluded that she was responsible for the baby's injuries. However, the family is now seeking closure as well.
"The retinal hemorrhaging caused blindness in one eye. As he recovered they became more optimistic, but at the same time you take your child some place during the day while you're at work and you hope that they're safe but the fact that someone might hurt a child or somebody might allow a child to be hurt to them was just devastating," said Roberts.
The Barnhart family is suing Dillbeck for medical expenses and also pain and suffering from the incident. The amount will left up to a jury to decide.
However, despite the long months, Grayson has made a miraculous recovery and is a smiling and happy little boy. Doctors say they will continue to watch him for problems that could arise during his developmental stages.
Dillbeck's next court appearance will be on February 13th for a pre-trial conference. Roberts said that this civil case will not be brought to court until criminal charges are settled. In the meantime, a Go-Fund-Me page has been set up to help support the family. To be redirected to that page, click here.