A three-year-old was taken to a Missouri hospital in St. Louis after a daycare worker allegedly threw her against a cabinet.
Surveillance video at Brighter Day Care and Preschool shows the incident, according to Fox 4 KC. In the video, the girl appears calm while standing by a chair for two minutes before a teacher walks across the room towards her. The teacher grabs the child’s arm, drags her and throws her against a cabinet.
The child was taken to a local hospital, received seven stitches and was released.
The teacher reportedly sent a note home to parents saying “she fall,” following the injury.
“In no world did this family have any idea that what was called a fall was actually an assault until they came to see that video,” Jennifer Hansen said.
The family hired Hansen for representation and asked to remain anonymous.
“One of the more egregious aspects of this case is that the daycare director told the family that she did not watch the surveillance tape until the family was with her,” Hansen said.
Hansen said it was five days after the incident when the child’s relative used a cell phone to record the surveillance video. You can hear her shock in the relative’s voice when she sees it wasn’t an accident as reported.
“The daycare could’ve reviewed that footage at any time,” Hansen said. “They didn’t and they allowed the daycare worker who assaulted this little girl to continue to work at the facility for five additional days.”
Police are investigating along side state child care inspectors. The teacher was fired after her director saw the video.
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