Childcare worker accused of twisting baby's leg until it broke

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A childcare worker in Florida is accused of slapping a 4-month-old baby several times before twisting the infant's leg until it broke. 

A family member brought the injured child to Manatee Memorial Hospital on September 16, prompting staff to call police and report suspected abuse. 

The child was transferred to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg due to the complexity of the fracture, the Bradenton Herald reported.

Thalia Camarillo, 42, has been accused of child abuse after a four-month-old was allegedly injured under her care. Source: Bradenton Police Department
Thalia Camarillo, 42, has been accused of child abuse after a four-month-old was allegedly injured under her care. Source: Bradenton Police Department

On Wednesday, officers arrested Thalia Camarillo, 42, on an aggravated child abuse charge. 

Police said she refused to speak to a detective before her arrest.

Detectives learned that the abuse took place at Laugh N Learn Academy. 

Video footage obtained through a search warrant allegedly showed Ms Camarillo slapping the baby several times with an open hand before aggressively twisting and bending the baby’s right leg.

“This investigation is still continuing,” Bradenton police Capt. Brian Thiers said.

It was not immediately known whether Camarillo has an attorney to speak on her behalf.

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