Justice for a North Iowa Family


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A Clear Lake family is feeling a little relief.   Christina and Grant Maulsby watched the babysitter who abused their son get handcuffed and arrested in a Florida courtroom on Tuesday.

“It’s very challenging. I haven’t seen her since that day and my husband had never seen her, so to actually be in the same close vicinity as her I can honestly say my husband and I felt feelings we’ve never felt before,” said Christina.

The woman Christina is talking about is Cherie Landowski, the daycare worker who was looking after their son Quentin when she abused him three years ago while the Maulsby’s were living in Florida.

“The rage, the anger, the hurt that somebody would to this to our child kind of all rushed over us,” Christina said.

Detectives say that Landowski purpously hit Quentin over the head when he was just 5 months old. And as a result of that abuse, Quentin suffers from permenant brain damage.

“Quentin struggles everyday, he has numerous special needs. He does various therapies throughout the week, definitely not a typical child,” said Christina.

Landowski pled no contest to the abuse charge and will serve a 10 year sentence followed by 20 years of probation.

“There was a sense of relief knowing that this woman was no longer walking the streets and able to enjoy life, there was a sense of anger that I can’t believe we’re sitting here and this is a reality,” said Christina.

Landowski will have to serve at least 85 percent of her sentence in Florida before she can get out on good behavior.

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